Corydalis aurea Willd.
Scrambled Eggs, Golden Corydalis
Fumariaceae (Fumitory Family)
Synonym(s): Capnoides aureum, Corydalis washingtoniana
USDA Symbol: COAU2
A soft plant, the stems weakly erect or supported by vegetation or rocks, with bilateral yellow flowers in racemes shorter than the leaves.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Stems prostrate to ascending to weakly erect, up to about 14 inches long.
Flower: Flowers 3/4 inch
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: 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 , BC , ON , 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.
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
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX
Stengl Biological Research Station - Smithville, TX
BibliographyBibref 417 - Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America (2000) Foster, S. & J. A. Duke
Bibref 765 - McMillen's Texas Gardening: Wildflowers (1998) Howard, D.
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Corydalis aurea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Corydalis aurea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Corydalis aurea
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-02-01
Research By: TWC Staff