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Dactylicapnos scandens 'Athens Yellow'

Family: Papaveraceae (pa-pav-er-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dactylicapnos
Species: scandens (SKAN-dens) (Info)
Cultivar: Athens Yellow
Hybridized by Armitage; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2004

Synonym:Dicentra scandens
Synonym:Dicentra thalictrifolia

5 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral mstish On Dec 4, 2011, mstish from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

I love this plant. I grow them in very minimal sun and they do great. I hung cheap chicken wire on my fence and they climbed up and covered the entire area. Dont try to tie it up to much it likes to take its own path. It does great over winter here in Portland Oregon. I give it a little mulch just in case. Very pretty blooms.

Positive ineedacupoftea On Dec 13, 2005, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

This herbaceous vine requires more sun than its other Dicentra relatives, which is critical for proper blooming, which it will do repeatedly all summer if it is content.
It is more brittle in constitution than a Clematis and is best left to its own devices as far as training. This also makes it rather ugly and difficult in a nursury setting, which will maintain it as a relatively rare plant.

Attractive frosty patches in the center of the leaflets.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lompoc, California
Clifton, Colorado
Atlanta, Georgia
Tuckerton, New Jersey
Raleigh, North Carolina
Portland, Oregon
Austin, Texas
Gilmer, Texas
Waller, Washington

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