Dicentra cucullaria
Dutchman's Breeches

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Butterfly FriendlyDeer ResistantPart Shade
DESCRIPTION
Dutchman's Breeches
Dicentra cucullaria

A relative of the Bleeding Heart, this plant has unique, fragrant flowers that look like breeches hanging upside down. They flower in early spring. The fern-like foliage is an attractive bluish green. Perfect for grouping in cool moist, shady areas, it will go dormant in hot summer weather.

 

BENEFITS
Fragrant white and yellow flowers bloom in early spring
Perfect for a woodland garden
The sweet nectar attracts early bees
Attracts butterflies and skippers
Attractive fern-like foliage turns light yellow before going dormant
NATIVE INFO

Native Range

Found on humus-rich, acid to neutral soils. Tolerates limestone.

Interesting Facts

The name Dutchman's Breeches comes from the shape of the flowers that look like a pair of breeches hung upside down. 

GROWING TIPS

This is a spring ephemeral which usually disappears from the garden by early summer. Best naturalized in woodland, wildflower or native plant gardens. 

Mature Size: 6-12in. Wide x 6-12in. Tall

Hardiness Zone: 3-7

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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