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Dicentra canadensis

squirrel corn

A great ephemeral to start the spring, D. canadensis forms mats in the early season, which grow, bloom and begin dying back before the majority of summer flowers have gone much past groundbreak. Best located in shade to partial shade to maintain the longest bloom.

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Height: 3-5 in
Spread: 6-12 in
Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Bloom Color: White

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Part Shade
Soil Moisture
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
(58) Northeastern Highlands
Ornamental Interest
Spring Bloom
Attracts Wildlife
Other Pollinators/Wildlife
Attracts Bees
Deer/Rabbit Resistant
Additional Attributes
Low Maintenance
Spring Ephemeral

North American Distribution

squirrel corn - Dicentra canadensis from Native Plant Trust
squirrel corn - Dicentra canadensis from Native Plant Trust