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Squirrel-corn Dicentra canadensis


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Family: Fumariaceae, Fumitory view all from this family

Description The foliage of this 6-10 in. perennial is smooth, blue-gray and fern-like. The flowers are dainty broad hearts; pinkish-white, sometimes tinged with pale lavender; and fragrant.

Warning These plants are reported to cause poisonoing in animals if eaten. Humans should generally avoid ingesting plants that are toxic to animals.

Flower April - May.

Flower April - May

Habitat Open, deciduous woods.

Range Quebec and Nova Scotia to Minnesota, south to Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri.

Discussion Plants become dormant after they bloom. Mice and chipmunks are adept at transplanting the tubers.

Comments Plants become dormant after they bloom. Mice and chipmunks are adept transplanting tubers.

Exposure Preference Partial shade.

Native Distribution Quebec & Nova Scotia to Minnesota, s. to Georgia, Tennessee & Missouri

Site Preference Open, deciduous woods

Soil Preference Humus-rich soil.