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Corydalis aurea

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About Scrambled Eggs (Corydalis aurea) Corydalis aurea (Scrambled Eggs, Golden Corydalis, Golden Smoke; syn. Capnoides aureum (Willd.) Kuntze, Corydalis washingtoniana Fedde ) is a medicinal and poisonous plant native to North America , specially the United States. This is an annual or biennial herb growing from a branching caudex to a maximum length near 40 centimeters. There are several stems which are often decumbent, with leaves divided into leaflets with oval or diamond lobes. The flower cluster is a raceme of up to 30 flowers, each on a short pedicel. The flower is about a centimeter long, with a spur, and yellow in color. The fruit is a cylindrical capsule.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.33 - 1.3 ft (0.1 - 0.4 m)

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Open places


Elevation ?
7215' - 9276'

Annual Precip. ?
17.0" - 30.9"

Summer Precip. ?
1.55" - 2.02"

Coldest Month ?
26.0° F - 29.1° F

Hottest Month ?
49.9° F - 58.2° F

Humidity ?
1.54 vpd - 15.46 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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