Description and General Information:
Corydalis malkensis is a native of the northern Caucasus, primarily from the valleys of the Kuban and Malka Rivers. In the wild it is found in open woodlands.
This species is a spring ephemeral. Plants arise late winter to early spring with glaucous, blue-green, divided foliage that appears almost fern-like. The tubular flowers are creamy-white, produced in a dense raceme which may reach to 12 cm. Plants go dormant a few weeks after blooming.
This species requires a well-drained site, humusy site in shade in sun to partial shade. An ideal woodland plant, they are also useful in partially shaded rock garden situations. Plant the tubers 5-8 cm deep. The tubers prefer to stay reasonably moist through the dormant season.
March in the south to May in the north
Seeds are short-lived and should be sown as soon as possible after collecting. Seeds need a stratification period. Sow in pots as soon as possible and leave them outside for the winter. Alternatively, sprinkle seeds where they will be grown - they will germinate freely in the spring.
Plants produce multiple tubers as they mature. Anytime during the dormant season, they may be lifted and the tubers separated.