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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Corydalis caseana Gray
USDA Symbol: COCA15
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A rather soft, almost succulent, tall plant with leafy, hollow stems, large, fern-like leaves, and dense racemes of 50-200 pinkish-white flowers.
The pods of this and other species have elastic walls that instantly curl back and explosively eject seeds when touched. Scouler Corydalis (C. scouleri), found from British Columbia south to northern Oregon, is similar but has only 15-35 flowers in the largest racemes; its petals are pink, usually with purple at the tips.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
CA , CO , ID , NM , OR , UT , WA Native Distribution:
Northeastern Oregon south to central Sierra Nevada and east to Idaho and Colorado. Native Habitat:
Shady moist areas in mountains. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
BenefitWarning: This plant contains alkaloids poisonous to livestock, particularly sheep. Humans should generally avoid consuming plants that are toxic to animals.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2012-08-07
Research By: TWC Staff