Corydalis solida ‘Beth Evans’ is a well known and longstanding cultivar of Corydalis solida. It’s bright pink flowers and reliable performance have guaranteed it’s popularity ever since it’s introduction.
‘Beth Evans’ is one of the easiest Corydalis to grow, rarely presenting any problems and being very accommodating in terms of position. It originates from a seed grown plant at Edinburgh Botanic Gardens and received an ‘Award of Merit’ by the RHS back in 1988, and it’s easy to see why. In my own garden, it follows on nicely from the earlier flowering Corydalis solida ‘Early Pink’ to create a longer period of pink flowers.
Here in Birmingham, I grow all of the C. solida cultivars in raised beds enriched with leaf mould every year. An oak tree provides shade at the tail end of spring, but for most of it’s growing period, the plants get full morning sun. I have found Corydalis to be quite forgiving of soil type, but moisture retentive but well drained soil seems to serve them well.
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Corydalis solida ‘Beth Evans’ is a favourite with many gardeners and it’s easy to see why. It possesses all of the virtues of the best solida cultivars, along with a very strong pink colour.