Oct. 1, 2020

golden corydalis, Corydalis aurea

Fun, fanciful, or just literal, pick your common name here! Scrambled eggs, golden smoke, or golden corydalis. Around here we seem more literal, the other names more often pop up out west. I wonder what the Navajo call it? They used it to treat a variety of ailments, including snakebite. It also serves as sheep fodder. Strong stomachs, those sheep! The Ojibwa inhaled smoke from the roots to clear their heads or revive the unconscious. Golden smoke grows in AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, IA(T), ID, IL(E), KS, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, NY(T), OH, OK, OR, PA(E), SD, TX, UT, VT(T), WA, WI, WV, WY, AB, BC, MB, NT, ON, QC(L), SK, and YT. Summit Co CO, 6/16/13. Poppy family, Papaveraceae.