Corydalis Lutea


Easily grown in part shade to full shade in average, medium, well-drained soil. Prefers rich, moist soils that never dry out in part shade, but drainage is essential, and incorporating gravel into the soil may benefit a planting. Wet soils in the winter can be deadly.

It is generally intolerant of hot, humid summers and does not grow well in the deep South. In ideal growing conditions, this plant will aggressively self-seed in the garden. Plants can be pruned back to their basal leaves if their foliage deteriorates significantly during the hot summer months.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Corydalis lutea, also known as yellow fumitory or yellow corydalis, is a woodland perennial with ferny, medium green foliage that grows to 15″ tall and 18″ wide and produces bright yellow, short-spurred flowers (3/4″ long) in axillary racemes from May to September.

period. The leaves are 2 or 3 pinnate, with distinct 3-lobed leaflets, and resemble those of the related bleeding heart (Dicentra). This plant appears to grow like a weed in the British Isles (which has a cooler climate with low humidity).

The genus name is derived from the Greek word korydalis, which means “lark,” in reference to the plant’s floral spurs resembling the spurs of some larks.

Specific epithet means yellowish.


There are no major insect or disease issues.


Rock gardens in the shade or border fronts In shady woodland areas, it makes an attractive ground cover. A traditional cottage garden plant. Naturalized zones A good plant for wall pockets in cool summer climates, but not likely in St. Louis.

Corydalis is a plant that is popular in China. The tuber and root are used to make medicine.

Corydalis is used to treat stomach issues, emotional issues, and other conditions. However, there hasn’t been a lot of research to back up the use of corydalis for any condition.

What is the procedure?
There isn’t enough information to determine how corydalis works.