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Latin Name- Dicentra Canadensis Hardy Planting Zones- 2-9 Sun or Shade – Partial Sun Mature Height - 6-12" Mature Width- 6"

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Squirrel Corn-Dicentra Canadensis is a beautiful herbaceous perennial plant that grows along the ground of most hardwood forests in the eastern US.

The leaves are dark green and white to pale pink heart-shaped flowers bloom on low stems in the early spring, usually beginning in April and last through May. Squirrel Corn grows at a leisurely pace, allowing it to be used for edging and ground cover in landscaping because it will not quickly take over and strangle other plants. It is best planted with ferns and other ground plants to ensure that it does not receive too much sunlight.

In the garden Squirrel Corn grows about six inches high, though wild it may be up to 12 inches.

It is a pure plant to start in a cold frame, and the seedlings can then be transplanted in the spring. Care should be taken, however, to wear gloves while working with these plants. The leaves are known skin irritants. The majority of the plant is toxic, which is beneficial as there are no animals that will chew on and destroy it.

Squirrel Corn is named for the root system of the plant that resembles an ear of corn. This root has been historically used as a medicinal tonic to treat the symptoms of such ravaging diseases like tuberculosis (TB) and syphilis. Squirrel Corn is a close cousin of D. cucullaria, a plant with similar characteristics. The flowers of the two plants, however, tell them apart. Where the flower of Squirrel Corn is heart-shaped, those of Dutchman's Breeches resemble those old time riding trousers. These plants commonly grow in the same regions and can often be found next to each other in the same beds.

Between Squirrel Corn and Dutchman's Breeches, however, Squirrel Corn is the more exotic plant.

Buy this plant at Tennessee Wholesale Nursery. This is a live plant for your flower garden. It will also do well in a natural area. It will thrive in moist and average soil conditions. This is a lovely plant when it is in bloom. It will also attract beautiful butterflies to your gardens.

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