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     One of the big bonuses in studying native plants is learning about histories and traditions that these plants either were a part of or named after.


     Now we have Dutchman's Breeches, a wildflower named after pants worn not only by men but also women of the 1800s.  Here's a great, old photo of Dutchmen wearing breeches, or pantaloons, with wooden shoes.


     The plants themselves are ephemerals, blooming in early spring and fading by mid-summer.  Dutchman's Breeches does best in a consistently moist yet well-drained woodland with lots of organic matter.


  Dutchman's Breeches heralds that era with its white, or light pink, pantaloon-like flowers riding upside-down on the stems.

Dutchman's Breeches

1 Quart
    • Latin: Dicentra cucullaria
    • Pollinator value: Very High
    • Height: 6-12 inches high and wide
    • Light: Part to full shade
    • Soil: Medium
    • Bloom: Light pink, March
    • Foliage: Deciduous, grayish green, fern-like
    • Landscape: Woodland or wildflower garden
    • Resistance: Deer, rabbits
    • Native range here
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