Dicentra canadensis

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Dicentra canadensis
Dicentra canadensis - Canadian Heart Flower.jpg

Secure (NatureServe)
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Papaveraceae
Genus: Dicentra
D. canadensis
Binomial name
Dicentra canadensis

Dicentra canadensis, the squirrel corn,[1] is a flowering plant from eastern North America with oddly shaped white flowers and finely divided leaves.


Squirrel corn has small yellow clustered bulblets (looking roughly like kernels of corn), finely dissected leaves, and white heart-shaped flowers. The flowers are fragrant.[2] It is a spring ephemeral, leafing out and flowering in spring and going dormant in summer.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It is native to deciduous woodland in eastern North America. It is also found among rock outcrops near mountains.[3]


  1. ^ USDA, NRCS (n.d.). "Dicentra canadensis". The PLANTS Database (plants.usda.gov). Greensboro, North Carolina: National Plant Data Team. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - The University of Texas at Austin". www.wildflower.org. Retrieved 2021-10-19.
  3. ^ "Dicentra canadensis (Squirrel Corn) | North Carolina Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox". plants.ces.ncsu.edu. Retrieved 2021-10-19.
Dicentra canadensis, by Mary Vaux Walcott.

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