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Dicentra canadensis

Squirrel Corn

Scientific Name:

Dicentra canadensis

Genus:

Dicentra

Species Epithet:

canadensis

Common Name:

Squirrel Corn

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Fumariaceae (Fumitory Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Rich, moist forests, especially rich cove forests in the mountains. Common in NC mountains, rare in Piedmont and Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

Easy to confuse the foliage with Dicentra cucullaria, Dutchman's Breeches. Grows best in cool, moist areas.

The common name comes from the yellow bublets (corms) that resemble grains of corn.

Blooms

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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