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golden-eardrops

Dicentra chrysantha

Dicentra chrysantha (syn. Ehrendorferia chrysantha) is a species of flowering plant in the Fumariaceae, a family of showy wildflowers often treated as just separate from the Papaveraceae, the poppies. Its common name is golden eardrops. This plant is native to California and Baja California, where it lives in dry, brushy areas and thrives on periodic chaparral wildfire. This is a somewhat bushy taprooted perennial herb which may reach 1.5 meters in height. It has may tall, naked stems with long leaves which are divided into many lobes and leaflets. Atop each branch of each stem is a panicle of bright yellow aromatic flowers. Each flower has curving, pointed outer petals sculpted outward from the center of the flower, which is covered by a ridge made up of the inner petals. The fruit is a capsule one or two centimeters long.

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