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Corydalis flexuosa If you like blue flowers, you shouldn't be without this small plant which covers an area of 20cm and only reaches 30cm high, producing unusual, delicate, tubular 2 1 /2cm flowers on light green, ferny foliage. They are surprisingly easy to grow, provided they have dappled shade, leafy, gritty soil and are planted in an area which is not too dry.

Their natural habitat is cool woodland and they make good planting partners with pale yellow primroses and the gold leaves of Carex elata 'Aurea'. They rapidly lose their vigour and all trace disappears during the summer months before fresh leaves appear in the autumn. They need dividing regularly for best results, which is best done in the early autumn by digging up the roots pulling them into small pieces and replanting immediately.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Apr 5, 2003
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