Corydalis, also known as false bleeding heart, prefer partial shade and rich soil that never completely dries out. However, in the winter, the ground should stay fairly dry to prevent your corydalis from rotting.
More Information About Corydalis
While corydalis are found around the world, temperate species from Japan/China are proving to have the most garden value for the central-to-southern US gardeners. Breeders have begun to use Asian corydalis species to add exciting color breakthroughs.
Corydalis prefer partial shade and rich soil that never completely dries out. However, in the winter, the ground should stay fairly dry to prevent rotting. Corydalis prefer mild summer climates, so we are limited to which ones we can grow here in our brutal summer heat.
Corydalis plants bear blue or purple, butterfly attracting flowers that have a slight resemblance to its botanical cousin, bleeding-heart. Corydalis produces flowers starting in the spring and a few even into early summer in cooler climates.
Corydalis Companion Plants
The ferny, deer-resistant foliage of corydalis pairs well with hosta, pulmonaria, ornamental grass, and helleborus. Many corydalis are small statured plants that looks good at the front of the perennial border, in a rock garden or in a container.
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