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We dig plants when your order is received, and ship immediately via US Priority Mail. You will receive a tracking number via email when plants are shipped. All plants are packed to be safe in their packages for up to 3 days after receipt.
How We Protect Your Plants For Transit
We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This provides superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.
Upon Receipt Of Your Plants
Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receipt unless weather prohibits. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water daily for the first week after planting.
Hardy Planting Zone - 3-9 (USDA scale)
Bloom Season - Spring
Bloom Color - White, pink
Height at Maturity - Up to 12"
Soil Type Preferred - Acid, moist, rich
Sun or Shade - Shade or part-shade
Squirrel Corn, or dicentra canadensis, originates from eastern North America.
This herbaceous perennial plant grows between 6" to 12" tall, thrives in richly moist and acidic soil, and prefers dappled shade throughout the day.
The Squirrel Corn lives in deciduous woodlands attracting wildlife such as chipmunks, songbirds, bees, and butterflies. This lovely wildflower blooms in the spring, between April and May, and grows dormant as summer approaches. During the blooming period, which lasts for about two to three weeks, the small flowers bloom in clusters of four to eight, rising from pale red stalks. The blooms develop into white or pale pink heart-shaped flowers that hang from 6-8 inch arching stems. Half an inch long in size, these dainty hearts carry a light, sweet fragrance.
Underneath the white heart clusters, the splay of leaves provides a lacy background, with each blade finely divided into three leaflets. Pale and waxy underneath, the smooth basal leaves grow 5" to 9" long and 3" to 7" inches wide and spread out parallel with the ground.
The lacy fingers of this foliage remain through mid-summer and create a complex arrangement that interests the eye even after the flowers fade away.
Once the blooming period is over, fertile flowers become drooping capsules, egg-shaped, and flatter. After dividing in two, each capsule releases several seeds. Because the plant carries both nectar and pollen, queen bumblebees usually cross-pollinate the flowers. Ants also distribute seeds because of the presence of elaiosomes.
Squirrel Corn adds a showy element and is easy to maintain, making it the perfect complement for a spring garden.