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A picture of a Corydalis


Corydalis spp.

Corydalis solida 240406 by Bernd Haynold (CC BY 2.5)

Full Sun
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Corydalis Overview

Corydalis is a large genus of around 586 annual and perennial plants with tuberous structures. Some species are evergreen but most are herbaceous. This genus is distributed in mountainous regions of the temperate Northern hemisphere and tropical Eastern Africa, with the most species located in China. Their foliage is often heavily divided, creating a fern-like appearance and they are also grown for their flowers, which are tubular, 2-lipped and spurred. Flowers range in colour, with blue, yellow, purple, pink and white variations commonly found and bicolour varieties with contrasting colours such as pink and yellow also present.

Common problems with Corydalis

How to propagate Corydalis


You can propagate by seed in autumn.


Division when dormant; autumn for spring flowering species and spring for summer flowering species.

Other uses of Corydalis

Grown for the tubular, spurred, 2-lipped flowers or their fern like leaves.

Deer Resistant Plants

Although never fully deer proof - they are less likely to eat these.

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Spring Flowering Bulbs

Flowering in spring these bulbs give a beautiful display.

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