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Plant Name:

Dutchman's Breeches

Scientific Name:

Dicentra cucullaria


Dutchman's Breeches is a spring ephemeral wildflower with delicate white flowers resembling upside-down pantaloons.


Deciduous forests, woodland edges, slopes


Dutchman's Breeches provides nectar for early-emerging bees and butterflies. It is also a larval host plant for certain butterfly species.

Growing Conditions:

Dutchman's Breeches prefers moist, well-drained soils in partial to full shade


Dutchman's Breeches is often used in shade gardens and naturalized areas. The flowers are a popular subject for nature photography.

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Fun Facts:

Dutchman's Breeches gets its name from the resemblance of the flowers to the breeches worn by Dutchmen in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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