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Corydalis solida

Family: Fumariaceae (foo-mar-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Corydalis (kor-ID-ah-liss) (Info)
Species: solida (SOL-id-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Corydalis solida subsp. solida

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18 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Jan 25, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A mass planting of these little spring bulbs can make a considerable show in the landscape at a time of year when there's little else going on. They start to bloom when the squill are still going, and continue into early daffodil season. They're great for the woodland garden. I find them easy and reliable in ordinary well-drained garden soil.

The usual color is a humdrum mauve, but there are strains in white, pink, and a good bright red. 'Penza strain" and its selections are excellent.

The foliage goes dormant early and fast without making a mess.

As they go dormant, I generally find two hazelnut-sized tubers where there was one the year before. At that rate, a single tuber makes a thousand in ten years. I try to spread them every other spring as they go dormant.

Seed is ephemeral. I find a little self-sowing, but not to weedlike excess---I wish mine self-sowed more. Color strains often come true from seed if isolated from other colors.

Positive trilian15 On Oct 29, 2007, trilian15 from Helsinki
Finland wrote:

Early bloomer, but very modest flowers. The whole plant vanish soon after the seeds are ripen (in late spring/very early summer). The most important pollinator at my place seems to be little black ant (Lasius niger) and honey bee.

Positive Howard_C On May 22, 2004, Howard_C from St John's, NL wrote:

The wild ones I have seen around Helsinki and Moscow are a rather insipid mauve, but there are some wonderful coloured forms around Penza (400 km SE of Moscow). Ruksans sells these unsorted very cheaply and has also selected and bred on some tens of named forms at much higher prices.

We bought ten of his cheap ones a couple of years ago and they are doing very well in more or less ordinary border soil and conditions in St John's, Newfoundland - where they flower from late April to late May - yes a whole month! (But it doesn't warm up very fast here - the trees are still leafless on May22nd!) I might get another batch in the hope of getting a white one next time! Or maybe, now that I know they survive, I might even shell out for a selected one.

The tubers divide, but we haven't seen any signs of seed here - maybe we are missing the right insects.

Neutral Baa On Jan 10, 2002, Baa wrote:

A tuberous perennial from Europe.

Has small, 3 lobed divided, ferny, mid green leaves. Bears 2 lipped, tubular, spurred, purple flowers held on a short flower stem, there can be up to 20 flowers per stem.

Flowers March - May

Likes a well drained soil in partial shade. The whole plant disappears by July to reappear again in February. Multiplys well when happy.

Very pretty little early flowering plant for a shady rock or woodland garden.


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

Wasilla, Alaska
Winnetka, Illinois
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Glouster, Ohio
Leesburg, Virginia

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