Emerging out of the cracks and crevices of the stone wall within the Scott Entrance Garden is a perennial with fern-like foliage and an upright spike of yellow flowers. Commonly know as the ferny corydalis, Corydalis cheilanthifolia can stump the plant aficionado.
While not a member of the fern family, the semi-evergreen fern-like foliage is often the source of confusion. Ferny corydalis is easily identifiable when in bloom from spring to early summer. The spike-like racemes of straight-spurred deep yellow flowers are representative of the corydalis genera.
A native of western and central China, Corydalis cheilanthifolia thrives in full to part sun with well drained soil. This is great plant to allow to self-seed in your garden. It also appreciates the moderately fertile soil of a rock garden.
In addition to sprouting from the wall in the Scott Entrance garden, this plant is creating a home in the John W. Nason garden.