The Corydalis Flexuosa Story
The story opens in 1989, on a plant expedition in Western China, where three Englishmen -
"Frustration mounts as they are driven through dappled woods past startling sheets of blue, until the reluctance of their Chinese hosts to pause and allow the team to inspect the plants so inflamed their bladders that an urgent stop was insisted upon, during which time three small pieces of (Corydalis) rhizome were secreted in a moss-
To say the least, the secret's out. Over the past thirtyone years, those three stem snippets have been propagated into untold millions under three cultivar names: "Purple Leaf", "Pere David" and "China Blue."
Each makes a low-
The differences among the three are subtle but worth noting, though all are choice woodland plants. "Purple Leaf" has the best year-
"Pere David's" rich, turquoise-
With the floodgates now open, nurseries are increasingly awash in this bleeding-
Bloom time for all these baby blues is anywhere between March and June, then perhaps October and, who knows, maybe into winter. Impressive, but I wouldn't say they're unstoppable, since a number will go dormant in summer and disappear without a trace. It's a little unnerving if you've a rotten memory, so consider leaving their tags in the ground. Film canisters will work, too.