Dutchman’s Breeches

Dutchman's Breeches

Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) is a graceful and easily recognizable wildflower in spring often found on gorges, valleys, ledges, slopes, rock forests, forest floors, and streams throughout most of the United States.

Dutchman's Breeches Flowers

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Dutchman’s breeches are perennial herbs in the Fumariaceae family[1] native to eastern North America’s rich forests. This plant has also known by many common names, including Bleeding Heart and Little Blue Staggers.

Dicentra Cucullaria

It features deeply incised grayish-green fern foliage and clusters of waxy white flowers (rarely pink) with a yellow pantaloon-shaped tip with the ankles pointing upward.

Dutchman's Breeches Flowers

The blooms are borne in a hanging row of leafless stems that arch over the leaves in early spring. Plants generally can reach heights of up to 12-inches, with flower stalks and basal leaves that rise directly from a scaly pattern.

Dutchman's Breeches

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Key References
  • [1]“Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – The University of Texas at Austin”. Accessed November 03, 2021. Link.


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