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All photos above by Mark McDonough
One never knows what goodies can be found in mainstream garden
centers these days. This species, Corydalis elata, is making the
rounds in perennial nurseries. This species is often compared
to the popular Corydalis flexuousa selections, but aside from the
clear blue flower color, I see little similarity. Corydalis elata
is a very tall, upright grower, reaching 24" (60 cm) in height,
topped with lovely clusters of small clear blue flowers that show a
tinge of purple. The flowers appear rather late, starting in July.
The extraordinary feature of this species is its
floral scent, most noticeable on warm sunny days, wafting
an aroma distinctly like that of Gardenia mixed with
coconut! Some scents are elusive and hard to
describe, but this one is a clear-cut 50/50
Gardenia/coconut aroma that's unlike
anything else that I've ever sniffed.
Two good images of a dark blue form of C. elata grown in Europe
(both photos by Gary Dunlop)
Gallery of Corydalis flexuosa 'Purple Leaf'
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