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Corydalis lutea (Fumewort)

Fumewort, Fumitory, Yellow Corydalis

Corydalis lutea, Fumewort, Fumitory, Yellow Corydalis, Yellow Fumewort, Yellow Flowers
Corydalis lutea, Fumewort, Fumitory, Yellow Corydalis, Yellow Fumewort, Yellow Flowers

Noted for its long blooming season, Corydalis lutea (Fumewort) is a perennial forming an attractive mound of fern-like, fresh green, divided leaves. From late spring to early fall, bright yellow, short-spurred, locket-shaped flowers, 3/4 in. long (2 cm), are produced in great quantities. Easy to grow, Corydalis lutea thrives on neglect and will happily self-seed. Perfect for shaded rockeries or as a ground cover in woodland and naturalized areas. Evergreen in mild climates.

  • Grows in clumps, 12-18 in. tall and wide (30-45 cm). May aggressively self-seed in the garden in optimum growing conditions.
  • Best in part shade to full shade, in moderately fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Usually intolerant of hot and humid summer conditions
  • Virtually disease and pest free.
  • A great perennial plant for beds and borders, cottage gardens, rock gardens or woodlands
  • Native to Southern Europe

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 4 - 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Papaveraceae
Genus Corydalis
Common names Corydalis, Fumewort
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" (50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Full Shade, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Corydalis flexuosa ‘Porcelain Blue’ (Fumewort)
Corydalis sempervirens (Rock Harlequin)
Corydalis flexuosa ‘Blue Panda’ (Fumewort)
Corydalis ‘Canary Feathers’ (Fumewort)
Corydalis curviflora subsp. rosthornii ‘Blue Heron’ (Fumewort)
Corydalis shimienensis ‘Berry Exciting’ (Fumewort)

Recommended Companion Plants

Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)
Camassia (Camas)
Helleborus (Hellebore)
Cyclamineus Daffodils (Narcissus)
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 4 - 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Papaveraceae
Genus Corydalis
Common names Corydalis, Fumewort
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" (50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Full Shade, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden
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Do I Need?
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