Squirrel-corn (Dicentra canadensis)
FAMILY: Papaveraceae (Poppy Family)
FLOWERING PERIOD: Early April to early May
DESCRIPTION: Delicate, low growing perennial with highly dissected leaves arising from clusters of small yellow tubers that resemble a corn kernel coalesced into a bulb. Distinctive white heart-shaped flowers in a cluster dangle from an erect or leaning stem. Fruit is a capsule.
DISTRIBUTION: Common throughout Ohio except west central and northwest regions.
HABITAT: Rich, moist deciduous forest.
NOTES: Flowers emit a pleasant fragrance and bumblebees are common pollinators. Squirrel-corn blooms later than the more common Dutchman's-breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) and has darker bluish-green leaves. The two species can grow mixed. Fort Hill State Memorial in Highland County is a great place to see large colonies of this attractive spring wildflower.