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Author Topic: Is this a corydalis?  (Read 542 times)

Claire Cockcroft

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Is this a corydalis?
« on: May 01, 2023, 08:28:30 PM »
This plant appeared but wasn't from any seed I thought I'd planted.  The only corydalis that might be similar is C. saxicola.  Any ideas who this mystery plant is?


Claire Cockcroft
Bellevue, Washington, USA  Zone 7-8

MarcR

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Re: Is this a corydalis?
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2023, 09:49:01 PM »
Claire,

It certainly looks like one. If not, it is a flawless imitation.
Marc Rosenblum

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Véronique Macrelle

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Re: Is this a corydalis?
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2023, 07:51:16 AM »
I also have a new corydalis that has appeared in my garden that looks very similar to this one.
i have tried many species from the seeds in the exchange and i recycle the soil from my ungerminated pots.
 would it be Corydalis ophiocarpa?

Carolyn

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Re: Is this a corydalis?
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2023, 10:34:02 AM »
Ophiocarpa was the one I thought of too - although in the garden it tends to make a more compact plant than the one in Claire’s photo.
Claire, was this growing in a very shady spot/or competing with lots of taller plants?
Carolyn McHale
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Claire Cockcroft

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Re: Is this a corydalis?
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2023, 04:48:22 PM »
It is in an unheated greenhouse, stuffed in a corner against a south-facing wall.  The plant is quite robust -- so much so, I was tempted to pull it up last year when there were no flowers.  I am happy I didn't!

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Carolyn

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Re: Is this a corydalis?
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2023, 06:52:12 PM »
I wonder if the heat in the greenhouse has stretched the plant out a bit?

If it is ophiocarpa, it’s a super plant to have in the garden. It will seed about, but is very easy to pull out. I have it filling spaces which were occupied by early spring bulbs. Come August, I rip most of it out, so that we can see our cyclamen hederifolium flowers.
Carolyn McHale
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Véronique Macrelle

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Re: Is this a corydalis?
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2023, 05:36:07 PM »
if it is C. ophiocarpa, I have noticed that its stems are winged.

 


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