Plants of both our native species bloom in the early spring, soon set fruit, and die back to the ground by early summer.
1. Inflorescence compound; flowers pink to purple; plant a rare escape from cultivation.
1. Inflorescence a simple raceme; flowers white; plant a common native forest species.
2. Spurs of corolla rounded, the axes nearly or quite parallel (base of flower thus cordate); plant with ± spherical yellow bulblets on a short rhizome.
2. Spurs of corolla ± triangular, the axes quite divergent at maturity; plant with numerous closely packed, ± flattened (on at least 1 face), fleshy pink bulblets (leaf bases) at ground level.
All species found in Dicentra
MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. November 22, 2017. http://michiganflora.net/genus.aspx?id=Dicentra.