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Common Name: Scrambled Eggs
Corydalis aurea is a Annual/Biennial up to 0.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
Corydalis species are potentially toxic in moderate doses[
N. America - mainly in the west and central areas, from Alaska to California, also east to New York.
Talus slopes, ledges, rocky hillsides, forest clearings, open shores, creek bottoms, gravel pits, road cuts, and burned-over areas, in loose often gravelly soil at elevations of 100 - 3400 metres[
Prefers a moist, well-drained rather light soil, thriving in semi-shade[
]. Grows well in a woodland garden or peat bed.
Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[
A tea made from the plant is used in the treatment of painful or irregular menstruation, diarrhoea, bronchitis, heart diseases, sore throats and stomach aches[
]. Externally, it is used as a lotion on backaches, hand sores etc and as a gargle for sore throats[
]. Caution is advised in the use of this plant, see the note above on toxicity.
Seed - surface sow in situ in the spring[