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Squirrel Corn

Plant Leaf

Full Plant

Plant Berry/Flower

Latin Name: Dicentra canadensis

Flower Description:

The delicate white heart-shaped flowers align along a long slender leaf-less stem.

Season BloomSpring
HabitatFirst Cousin to Dutchmen's Breeches. One of the first plants to emerge from the woodland floor, it emerges with Wild Leeks. It is a true ephemeral and will disappear completely by summer. It thrives in moist woodland spoil in the dappled sun of spring. It is pollinated by early bumble bees. With its bleeding heart shaped flowers, some call it "Girls" to the Dutchmen's Breeches "Boys". Its common name, Squirrel Corn, is after the yellow, corn kernel shaped corm at its root.
Leaf DescriptionLeaves are mounded and fern-like and feathery looking.
Soil Type Wet
Light Source Partial Shade