Squirrel Corn (Dicentra canadensis) is in the same family as Dutchman's Breeches and Bleeding Hearts. Where it grows with Dutchman's Breeches, it blooms often a few weeks later after the 'breeches' are finishing up.
These can be found in the eastern half of Ohio mainly in wooded areas, along wooded slopes in well drained soils.
The name 'Squirrel Corn' is derived from the appearance of the root structure that looks like corn kernels - those of us who live alongside squirrels know how they like to hide all their foods!
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