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Corydalis aurea
golden corydalis, scrambled eggs

Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades in Washington; widely distributed throughout much of North America except southeastern U.S.

Habitat: In varied habitats, from moist to dry and well-drained soil.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual, Biennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glaucous annual or biennial, the spreading to sprawling, freely-branching stems up to 5 dm. long.


Leaves alternate, bipinnate to quadripinnate, considerably exceeding the flowers, the ultimate segments linear, 0.5-2 mm. broad.


Inflorescence of several-flowered, short-pedunculate, bracteate racemes; sepals 2, yellowish-white, 1-3 mm. long, rough-margined; petals 4, yellow, of 2 dissimilar pairs, 12-18 mm. long, the upper petal with a spur 3-6 mm. long, rounded at the tip, about equal to the pedicel; stamens 6, united into 2 groups alternate with the inner petals; style 1, slender, well-developed; stigma 2-lobed.


Capsule 20-25 mm. long and 2-2.5 mm. thick, curved, pendant.

Accepted Name:
Corydalis aurea Willd.
Publication: Enum. Pl. 2: 740. 1809.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Capnoides aureum (Willd.) Kuntze
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Corydalis aurea in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Corydalis aurea checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Corydalis aurea information.

E-Flora BC: Corydalis aurea atlas page.

CalPhotos: Corydalis aurea photos.

USDA Plants: Corydalis aurea information.

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