Corydalis elata - peak flowering mid July

Corydalis elata    copyright  2000 Mark McDonough

Photo by Mark McDonough

One of the recent introductions from China is
Corydalis elata. Said to be similar to C. flexuosa,
another popular Chinese corydalis, C. elata is
a much taller, upright growing species with equally
lovely clear blue flowers appearing in July on 24"
(60 cm) stems. The flowers are richly perfumed
like gardenia and coconut, lasting a very long
time, and excellent as a cut flower.


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Corydalis elata    copyright  2000 Mark McDonough

Photo by Mark McDonough

A tall species, the clusters of small bright blue flowers
become tinged with purple. At full flowering, and after
unseasonably cool weather during July 2001, the
flowers have taken on a darker purplish-blue hue,
perhaps accounting for the "dark blue" flower color
attributed to the species. 

In warm sunshine, the flowers are richly
scented like sweet Gardenia and coconut,
a distinct yet deliciously definitive aroma.


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