One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A herbaceous plant with spurred tubular flowers, found in north temperate regions.
Genus Corydalis, family Fumariaceae: many species, including yellow corydalis (C. lutea), a garden escape which has become naturalized in Britain
- ‘For instance the pain relieving properties of corydalis is increased when the sliced and dried root is stir fried with rice vinegar.’
- ‘While exploring the woods near his home, he came across a forest meadow erupting in purple pasqueflowers, blue lungworts, yellow anemones and white corydalis.’
- ‘In addition, herbs such as corydal, corydalis, mastic, myrrh, and bupleurum offer strong pain-relieving properties.’
- ‘I now grow the corydalis in a large pot.’
- ‘A basic blood moving and pain relieving combination is equal parts corydalis, frankincense, myrrh, dang quai and ligusticum.’
- ‘It works well in crevices and for a damp spot in semishade there is a lovely lilac blue variety, corydalis flexuosa.’
- ‘If tight muscles disturb sleep, turn to the pain-relieving muscle relaxants: valerian, kava, corydalis and, at times, passion flower.’
- ‘Low-growirg ajuga grows between the corydalis and heucheras.’
Modern Latin, from Greek korudallis ‘crested lark’, alluding to a similarity between the flower and the bird's spur.
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