CRCCD – Dutchmen’s Breeches


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Dicentra cucullaria


Soil:  Rich, Fertile, Well-drained
Moisture:  Moist
Light:  Part Sun to Shade
Plant Height:  0.5 to 1 foot
Plant Width:  0.5 to 1 foot
Pests:  None
Landscape Value:  Great for woodland and shade gardens and shady naturalized areas.  Grow with later appearing perennials as plants go dormant by summer.  Inappropriate for borders due to early dormancy.

A graceful, early spring ephemeral with clusters of waxy, white, yellow-tipped flowers shaped like breeches/bloomers hung upside down.  Flowers are borne in a single row drooping from leafless stalks that rise above the foliage.  Gray-green leaves are deeply cut and fern-like.  Flower structure and pollination mechanism adapted for bumblebees, upon which it is dependent for cross-pollination. Flowers produce capsules of seeds with nutrient-rich appendages that attract ants; ants carry the seeds to their nests, eat the appendages and discard the seeds, thereby aiding in dispersal.  Can spread to cover considerable areas.  Tolerates rabbits, clay soil, and limestone.  Intolerant of wet soils in winter.

1 quart pot