- Squirrel Corn-Dicentra canadensis Hardy Planting Zones- 2-9 Sun or Shade – Partial Sun to Partial Shade Mature Height - 6-12" Mature Width- 6" Bloom Season – Spring (April to May) Gardener Status- Beginner
Squirrel Corn Plant - Dicentra canadensis
Squirrel Corn - Dicentra canadensis
The squirrel corn flower is a type of plant originating in the eastern part of North America, found naturally in deciduous woods all across that side of the continent. Notable for its elongated white heart shaped flower attached to a small yellow or pink bulb (similar to a kernel or corn), this flower blooms from early spring to summer, growing quickly and being a lovely addition to any garden that needs an extra pop of color.The wildflower Squirrel Corn Plant would make a lovely addition to any gardening or landscaping plot or design. The Squirrel Corn Plant gets its name from the small, yellowish food storage structures that gather at the root, which have the appearance of a corn kernel. Above these kernels shoots a smooth, arching stem and fern-like leaves. Atop the stems, Squirrel Corn blooms beautiful heart-shaped flowers. These flowers range in color from white to pinkish-white, to pale lavender. They hang delicately upside down from their stalks. Each stalk produces 4-8 of these fragrant flowers. Squirrel Corn is a perennial so that these sweet blooms can be enjoyed year after year. The flowers bloom in the spring, usually in late April or May. The plant is naturally found in woodlands, along trails, and on low hillsides. Because Squirrel Corn is pleasing and easy to grow and care for, it would be perfect in any yard or garden. It would be especially attractive planted among ferns and other leafy plants because of its fern-like leaf. Squirrel Corn would also be beautiful as a natural-looking ground cover or planted along a pathway. If planted in your garden or landscaping design, you will be rewarded with stunning butterflies and cute chipmunks, as they are attracted to Squirrel Corn. Because it is a wildflower, you can also expect extra pollination for your garden. So there is no need to worry that your attractive wildflower will be nibbled on by a wild animal. The Squirrel Corn Plant will be the perfect addition.