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Lilydale, Vic 3140
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Corydalis flexuosa 'Purple Leaf'

Purple Leaved Corydalis

Plant Type Small shrub
Flower Colour Violet blue
Leaf Shape Multi divided
Leaf Colour Purple
Sun/Shade Part-full sun
Climate Min Cool temperate
Climate Max Sub trop
Drought No
Coastal No
Frost Moderate
Native China
Flower Months Sep-Dec



This is another exciting plant to come out of China.  It is a a dark foliage form of C. fexuosa .  It will usually go dormant in hotter climates during late summer but will come away again for autumn and winter color followed by a colourful show in spring..


Corydalis flexuosa ’Purple Leaf’ has pretty blue flowers with a delicate scent.  They are held about 10cm above the foliage and are a long tube in small clusters.  The plant will grow to 30cm high and 55cm wide.  Feed after flowering with Osmocote Outdoor Trees and Shrubs.  In poor soils an early spring feed is also beneficial and a medium prune to bring on a repeat flowering is also good.


‘Purple Leaf’ looks best when planted in groups of four or five in a lightly shade position with a rich moist root run.  For an all blue garden plant with Agapanthus ‘Kingston Blue’ or Ceratostigma wilmottianum’  For mix of colors plant with Hosta ‘Francee’, Heuchera ‘Amber Waves’ and Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Another in the Larkman Plants TM collection


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