Corydalis 'Blackberry Wine'
Common Name: corydalis 
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Papaveraceae
Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 0.75 to 1.00 feet
Spread: 0.75 to 1.50 feet
Bloom Time: May to July
Bloom Description: Wine-purple
Sun: Part shade to full shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy, Fragrant


Grow in moist, humusy, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Plants prefer cool summer climates. If foliage significantly depreciates in hot summers, plants may be cut back. Plants are not reliably winter hardy throughout USDA Zone 5 where they should be planted in protected locations.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Corydalis is a genus of about 300 species of annuals, biennials or perennials from mostly north temperate areas.

Genus name comes from the Greek word korydalis meaning lark in reference to the resemblance of the plant’s floral spurs to the spurs of some larks.

‘Blackberry Wine’ is a hybrid corydalis that features compound, fern-like, blue-green leaves with 3-lobed leaflets and axillary racemes of fragrant, tube-shaped wine-purple flowers (to 3/4” long). This plant typically forms a mound of foliage to 10” tall and 18” wide and blooms from May to July. If foliage is cut back after bloom, a sparse rebloom later in the summer or early fall may occur. In cool summer climates, plants may bloom throughout the summer and into fall.


No serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to aphids, mites and rust.


The yellow flowers are an excellent addition to shaded garden areas. Rock gardens or border fronts. At the base of large shrubs. Forms a nice ground cover in shaded woodland or cottage garden areas. Also reportedly performs well in hanging baskets and containers.