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Ear Drops
Ehrendorferia chrysantha
About Ear Drops (Ehrendorferia chrysantha) 1 Nurseries Carry This Plant Ehrendorferia chrysantha (syn. Dicentra chrysantha) is a species of flowering plant in the Fumariaceae, a family of showy wildflowers sometimes included in the Papaveraceae, the poppies. Its common name is golden eardrops. This plant is native to California and Baja California, where it lives in dry, brushy areas and thrives on periodic chaparral wildfire. This is a somewhat bushy taprooted perennial herb which may reach 1.5 meters in height. It has many tall, smooth stems with long waxy pale leaves which are divided into many lobes and leaflets. Atop each branch of each stem is a panicle of bright yellow aromatic flowers. Each flower has curving, pointed outer petals sculpted outward from the center of the flower, which is covered by a ridge made up of the inner petals. The fruit is a capsule one or two centimeters long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

1.6 - 5 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 1 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Full Sun


For propagating by seed: Fire treatment. Soaking in 400 ppm GA3 24 hrs. may give better germination (Betty Atwater, personal communication 1981).

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
7*, 8, 9, 14*, 15, 16, 17, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22, 23, 24

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Dry slopes

Annual Precipitation: 6.1" - 74.3", Summer Precipitation: 0.18" - 2.86", Coldest Month: 30.5" - 54.4", Hottest Month: 55.6" - 84.0", Humidity: 0.64" - 35.93", Elevation: 3" - 8112"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Dicentra chrysantha
Common Names: Golden Eardrops

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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