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Squirrel Corn

Squirrel corn gets its name from the leaves and flowers that come out of yellow tubers which resemble the look of corn kernels. It grows to be a foot tall. It is best grown in hardiness zones 3 through 7. The plant is easy to grow and is used as an ornamental plant in the garden.

Squirrel corn is a perennial that produces flowers that are heart shape in the mid-spring that will stay in bloom for up to 3 weeks. The color of the flowers is pale pink and white. There is a mildly sweet fragrance to the flowers. The leaves of the plant appear very early in the blooming season, however, are entirely gone by May.

The plant likes being in the sun but will do well in partial shade. The plant prefers being in loose loamy soil. Growing period of the plant is during the spring months. This plant is not susceptible to diseases or insects.

Legend has it that this plant was used as a love charm. Young men would through the perfumed flowers at the women that they wanted to marry. These plants an easy way to add love to the garden.