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CORYDALIS shimienensis 'Berry Exciting'

Image of Corydalis shimienensis 'Berry Exciting' PP18917

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Family

Fumariaceae

Botanical Name

CORYDALIS shimienensis 'Berry Exciting' PP18917

Plant Common Name

Berry Exciting Fumewort, Fumewort

General Description

More easily grown than many other Chinese Corydalis (including C. flexuosa), C. shimienensis is a hardy herbaceous perennial from relatively low altitudes in western Sichuan. The cultivar 'Berry Exciting' is a showy-leaved sport of 'Blackberry Wine.' Growing from a network of short clumping rhizomes, its calf-high stems are furnished with elegant ferny foliage that is bright gold in spring and ages to lime-green in summer. From late spring to summer the stems are topped by loose conical clusters of 5 to 13 reddish-purple flowers. The fragrant, two-lipped, long-tailed blooms have darker purple snouts. In hot climates plants may go semi-dormant in summer and push up new leaves in fall.

This perennial prefers light to partial shade and moist, well-drained, fertile soil. Protect it from scorching sun. Plants may sprawl in shadier sites. It works well in perennial borders, woodland edges, and patio plantings.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Purple

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow, Chartreuse, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Lime Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Lime Green, Yellow Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes