Etymology: Corydalis: Greek for "crested lark"
Plants: erect to drooping, annual/biennial, 8"-20" tall forb
Leaves: several times pinnately-divided
Flowers: bright yellow, 4-parted, 1/2" long, only 1 petal spurred; inflorescence a dense cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers, the main flower cluster often below the upper leaves; blooms April-June
Fruits: long, smooth, drooping capsule; seeds surrounded by thin, round margin
Habitat: disturbed sites, woods, Lake Michigan shores; in rocky, sandy soil
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 4 USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"