The yellow flowers of Corydalis
curvisiliqua almost look like flowers of the Pea Family. Racemes of flowers
are held above the leaves. Seed pods are held erect on the stalk. Plants grow
to a height of 5 to 16 inches.
Compare to Corydalis aurea (Golden Smoke).
Flowers of Golden Smoke are lower on the plant, at about the same height as the
leaves. Seed pods hang or spread. Some taxonomists consider Colorado's Corydalis
curvisiliqua to be a subspecies of Corydalis aurea and name it Corydalis
aurea ssp. occidentalis.