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Squirrel Corn

Squirrel Corn (Dicentra canadensis)

In bloom April 16 - April 29. The two white flower petals form a heart shaped flower and are not spread as far apart as they are in dutchman's breeches. This species, much more so than dutchman's breeches, has a somewhat bitter tasting yellow swelling called a corm at the base of the stem about the size and color of a corn kernal. You can sometimes see this corm without digging up the plant, though usually it is beneath the soil.

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