Corydalis aurea

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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Corydalis aurea, Willd. Annual, 6 in. high, commonly low and spreading: fls. golden yellow, about ½in. long, on rather slender pedicels in a short raceme; spur barely half the length of the body, somewhat decurved: caps. spreading or pendulous, about 1 in. long; seeds 10-12, turgid, obtuse at margin, the shining surface obscurely netted. Rocky banks of Lower Canada and N. New England, northwest to latitude 64°, west to Brit. Col. and Ore., south to Texas, Ariz, and Mex.; not Japan. — The western forms have the spur almost as long as the body of the corolla and pass into Var. occidentalis, Engelm. More erect and tufted, from a stouter and sometimes more enduring root: fls. larger; spur commonly ascending: caps, thicker; seeds less turgid, acutish at margins. Colo., New Mex., W. Texas, Ariz.

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Corydalis aurea (Scrambled Eggs, Golden Corydalis, Golden Smoke; syn. Capnoides aureum (Willd.) Kuntze, Corydalis washingtoniana Fedde [1]) is a medicinal and poisonous plant [2] native to North America [3] [4] , specially the United States.


  1. Corydalis aurea at USDA PLANTS Database
  2. Corydalis aurea at Plants For A Future
  3. Corydalis aurea at Flora of North America
  4. Corydalis aurea at Germplasm Resources Information Network
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