Dicentra cucullaria (L.) Dutchman's breeches
Photo Credit: Jennifer Anderson @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Dicentra cucullaria (L.)
Native Distribution Map
USDA Symbol: DICU
USDA Zones: 3 - 7
Shade tolerance: Shade, Part Shade
Moisture: Medium, Moist
Height: 6” - 1’
Propagation: Bedding plants, plugs, root & crown division
Dutchman’s breeches is a low growing, perennial, easily identifiable native flower that grows in rich, moist, shady conditions over a wide range in the US and Canada.
Dicentra cucullaria has fine textured, fern-like foliage and conspicuous white, waxy flowers that look like miniature pantaloons. An early spring bloomer, Dutchman’s breeches goes dormant by summer. It is an excellent choice for naturalizing in shaded wooded areas.
Growth requirements: Dicentra cucullaria is intolerant of wet soils at any time of the year. Rich, evenly moist soils are ideal. This spring bloomer will be all but invisible by summer, so it is a good idea to mark the spot. Clay soils are not recommended.
Benefits: Dutchman’s breeches is deer resistant. Showy. Early bloomer. Tolerates deep shade well.
WARNING: All parts of Dicentra cucullaria are poisonous, but toxic only in large quantities.
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