Corydalis in 2014

Submitted by penstemon on

Corydalis from April 2014 (record low temperatures here, but the corydalis didn't mind). These aren't the best pictures, but, whatever. 

Corydalis schanginii subsp, schanginii (two pictures), and subsp. ainae.


Submitted by penstemon on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 18:29

Corydalis maracandica, and C. nariniana (two pictures).

The weather was terrible, and the light was even worse. 

Beauties!  Very attractive foliage, too, especially the very glaucous leaves on C. maracandica.  I imagine they are pretty teensy plants, given the relative size of the leaves?

I suppose about 6cm to 10 cm across, depending on which species. Seisumsiana is wider across. They weren't very good pictures; I don't know why. Maybe excitement or something. C. solida does well here too; behaves like a weed, but I think these are way cooler. 

The "bulb belt" corydalis seem utterly indifferent to the horrors of April in Denver. (It used to be a pleasant month, but not any more.)

There are other "bulb belt" species in the garden but the pictures came out even worse. 

I hope to be able to get more of each species, eventually, and plant them next to the existing ones, so they can, you know, "meet", and I can get some seed. 

The native Corydalis aurea, biennial, more or less. Not nearly as exciting as the Central Asian ones, but still nice. I have no idea how this plant came into the garden, unless seed was picked up from the mountains somehow. In some years there are dozens of plants, in others, just one or two. 

Submitted by RickR on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 21:10

Pretty spectacular, if you ask me!

Compared to Corydalis solida, what are the time growth patterns like?

Do they all emerge, bloom and senesce about the same times?

About two or three weeks earlier than solida, but the "bulb belt" species are in full sun (same conditions as for, say, acantholimons). 

Here's another not very good picture of Corydalis schanginii subsp. ainae, and two equally non-good pictures of C. glaucescens, I think 'Pink Beauty'. The first picture of glaucescens taken on the 8th of April, the second on the 22nd. In between the temperature dropped to 14F.