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Muller, Thomas L.
Corydalis aurea Willd.
Scrambled eggs, Golden corydalis
USDA Symbol: COAU2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A soft plant, the stems weakly erect or supported by vegetation or rocks, with bilateral yellow flowers in racemes shorter than the leaves.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Flower:
Flowers 3/4 inch
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
AK , AZ , CA , CO , IA , ID , IL , MD , MI , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , SD , TX , UT , VT , WA , WI , WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
Throughout West east of Cascade Range and Sierra Nevada, and across Plains states to Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Arkansas. Native Habitat:
Gravelly hillsides among rocks or brush, and flats along creek bottoms under trees. USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay
BenefitUse Ornamental: Wildflower meadow, Pocket prairie, Rock gardens
Use Medicinal: Amerindians used tea for painful menstruation, backache, diarrhea, bronchitis, heart diseases, sore throat, and stomach aches; inhaled fumes from burning roots for headaches. May be toxic.
Warning: This plant is believed to be poisonous to livestock if consumed in quantity. Humans should generally avoid ingesting plants that are toxic to animals.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
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Record Modified: 2010-11-18
Research By: TWC Staff