Dicentra formosa

A common wildflower found in North America. Hairless. 15-50cm. Brittle rhizomes.

Flowers: pink to purple, heart shaped base, hanging in a cluster from an erect stem.

Leaves: Basal, numerous, fern-like, divided into narrow, oblong segments.

Fruits: pod-like capsules containing several shiny black seeds, with an oil-rich appendage that attracts ants, who lovingly disperse the seeds.

Ecology: Moist forest, ravines, streambanks. Low to middle elevations.

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