E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Corydalis sempervirens (L.) Pers.
pink corydalis (rock harlequin)
Papaveraceae (Fumitory family)
(Previously in Fumariaceae)

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Species Information

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Biennial herb from a fleshy taproot; stems 1 to several, erect, branched above, glabrous, 20-80 cm tall.
Stem leaves alternate, long-stalked, divided 3-5 times, ultimate segments oblong to narrowly elliptic, abruptly pointed, 2.5-5.0 mm wide, glabrous, with a bloom.
Inflorescence of terminal racemes with 3-10 flowers; corollas pink with yellow tips, 10-17 mm long; spurs 2-4 mm long, round-tipped.
Capsules, 30-45 mm long, up to 2 mm wide, constricted between the seeds, straight or curved; seeds 1.5 mm long, black, shiny.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry meadows, forest openings and burned or disturbed sites from the lowland and steppe to the lower subalpine zones; infrequent throughout BC except absent on the Queen Charlotte Islands; N to AK, YT and NT, E to NF and S to GA, MN and MT.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Corydalis sempervirens

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 350 945 1580
Slope Gradient (%) 0 35 86
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
86 193 300
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 1 6
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BWBS(1), ESSF(2), ICH(6), MS(1), SBPS(1), SBS(7)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Capnoides sempervirens (L.) Borkh.

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