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Pink corydalis
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Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina
Scientific classification

Corydalis glauca Pursh
Corydalis sempervirens (L.) Pers.
Fumaria sempervirens L.

Capnoides sempervirens, the harlequin corydalis, rock harlequin, pale corydalis or pink corydalis, is an annual or biennial plant native to rocky woodland and burned or disturbed places in northern North America. Capnoides sempervirens is the only species in the genus Capnoides.

  • Capnoides elegans Kuntze, a synonym for Corydalis elegans


Plants are 20–80 cm (7.9–31.5 in) tall. Both stems and leaves are glaucous. Leaves are 1–3 cm (0.39–1.18 in) in length, twice pinnately divided, usually segmented into 3 lobes and sometimes 4. Flowers are tubular, pink with a yellow tip, 1–1.7 cm (0.39–0.67 in) long, grouped into dangling clusters. Seeds are black and shiny, about 1 mm (0.039 in) wide, held tightly together in long thin cylindrical pods.

Flowers bloom from May to September. Often growing out of areas disturbed by fire. Native from Newfoundland to Alaska and south into the eastern United States.


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