from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various herbs of the genus Corydalis native chiefly to northern temperate regions and having finely divided leaves and spurred, often yellow or pinkish flowers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any member of the genus Corydalis of annual and perennial herbaceous plants in the fumewort family.


New Latin Corydalis, genus name, from Greek korudallis, crested lark (from the shape of the flowers), from korudos; see ker-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • We can have a dozen pots in the shade house limping along, but walk outside and look under some racks and WOW! the corydalis is so beautiful it’s ridiculous.

    The beautiful — and frustrating — corydalis « Sugar Creek Gardens’ Blog

  • When I had the tree removed, it opened up that space quite a bit and allowed in more indirect sunlight — and my corydalis EXPLODED!

    The beautiful — and frustrating — corydalis « Sugar Creek Gardens’ Blog

  • Then a few months ago, I lost a dogwood tree that was very near my corydalis.

    The beautiful — and frustrating — corydalis « Sugar Creek Gardens’ Blog

  • Beneath the trees grow clumps of pale cardamine andwild geranium, fragrant blue phlox, ferny gold corydalis, maroon trilliums, and dainty clumps of wild wood violets.

    My Garden, part 1 « Sugar Creek Gardens’ Blog

  • The 'Blue Panda' corydalis needs some shade, rich soil and lots of water.

    Bright Blue Garden Hues

  • Hard Labor A few days later, near sunset, I was on the hill behind the house, digging up the tubers of a small patch of corydalis I had found.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • For all its charm, the garden was, and is, a teaching garden, a living museum of some 1,400 historic plants — most remarkably the Siberian corydalis, a hardy yellow wildflower that arrived in 1765 as a gift from the Finnish naturalist Erik Laxman and has survived continuously for three centuries, even through many decades when the garden was abandoned (it looked like a potato patch, one nineteenth-century pilgrim remarked in dismay).

    The Constant Gardener

  • Ms. Lagergren began to take anti-depressants and sought refuge in her yard, tufts of corydalis ringing the trunks of her apple and pear trees.

    The Wallenberg Curse

  • The rest of my prescription was for a homemade diet, antioxidant vitamins, glucosamine, and herbs—crampbark, corydalis root, meadowsweet, and marshmallow root—to relax muscles and ease pain.

    The Last Chance Dog

  • FORMULA NUMBER 105: Willow Aid: willow bark extract, corydalis, dong quai, valerian, guggul, boswellia extract; relieves pain from headaches, painful joints, and general pain.



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  • genus name for yellow fumitory (C. lutea), sometimes called yellow corydalis

    antepenultimate stress /kəˈrɪdəlɪs/, not /ˌkɒrɪˈdeɪlɪs/ as I had first guessed

    July 3, 2008