Ehrendorferia chrysantha

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Ehrendorferia chrysantha
Dicentra chrysantha 2004-05-17.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Papaveraceae
Genus: Ehrendorferia
Species: E. chrysantha
Binomial name
Ehrendorferia chrysantha
(Hook. & Arn.) Rylander

Dicentra chrysantha

Ehrendorferia chrysantha (syn. Dicentra chrysantha), with the common name golden eardrops, is a biennial to perennial plant in the Papaveraceae family.

It is native to dry, brushy areas prone to wildfire in diverse regions of California, and in Baja California.


Dicentra chrysantha has a taproot. Its leaves are blue-green, with many lobed leaflets.

Flowers are yellow and aromatic, with the tips of two outer petals curved outward from two central petals, borne in panicles at the top of branched stems 1.5 m tall.

Seeds are borne in a capsule 1-2 cm long. They usually do not germinate unless exposed to fire.

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