In the sand country grows the golden corydalis with its Leaves which remind one of those of dutchman's breeches, and flowers which belong to the corydalis alone. Pure, bright yellow and highly ornamental in their shape, winged and crested and Lipped and puffed, the flowers of golden corydalis suddenly take the flower-finder away from the realm of the common and the ordinary. The corydalis always has the look of something very special. Even though it is not especially rare, though localized in the sand country near the rivers, the golden corydalis gleams in the May sunshine and plays its own little part in the progress of the spring.
Corydalis flavula (Raf.) DC.
May. Sandy roadsides.
The leaves are finely cut and pale grey-green. Unlike the dutch-man's breeches leaves, which they superficially resemble, the corydalis Leaves do not spring separately with the flower stems from the root. The stems, instead, are branched and hear leaves along them, with the flowers in curving racemes at the top. Delicate, poised on thin little stems, the corydalis flowers come and go, and the prairie horned lark which leaves its tracks in the sand held rear- it- young in a nest in the clump of bluestem grass close by. When the young are out of the nest, they may come walking that way and pick at the little thin seed-pods of the corydalis, and eat the small seeds that ripen there.