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Dutchman's Breeches - Dicentra cucullaria Hardy Planting Zones- 3-7 Sun or Shade – Part Shade to Full Shade Mature Height - 4-12" Mature Width - 6-12" Bloom Season – March - May Gardener Status - Beginner

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Dutchman’s Breeches - Dicentra cucullaria

Dutchman's Breeches - Dicentra cucullaria. The Dutchman's Breech is a wildflower that is native to eastern North America. It typically grows on forest floors, rocky woods, slopes, ledges, valleys, ravines and along streams. The name "Dutchman's Breeches" comes from their white flowers that resemble white breeches. The white flowers do not produce any fragrance and each flower has two yellow lobes at the base that open up like wings. The plant typically grows to 12" tall and has finely divided, fern-like, bluish or grayish green leaves. The Dutchman's Breech tends to bloom in the early spring (from March to May) and typically thrive in rich, medium moisture, well-drained soil.
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Dutchman Breeches plant has leaves that can be used in a couple of ways.  These leaves can be crushed into a paste-like substance and can be used to keep muscle limber.  The plant also has alkaloid that helps with the nervous system and is often used in essential oils to treat tremors and paralysis.Dutchman’s breeches are part of the Papaveraceae family and are native to Nova Scotia, North Carolina West to Kansas.  Dutchman’s breeches are easily recognized and commonly grows on slopes, valleys, along streams, rocky woodlands and along forest floors. These plants will go dormant in summer, so it is not considered as a good border plant for your garden. Dry soils will speed up the dormant process; it is tolerant of clay soils and rabbits. It blooms its white flowers with a slightly pinkish tinge in March, its shape is said to almost resembling pantaloons which is why it’s called Dutchman’s breeches.  These are unique flowers as they appear on the plant during the spring.  They provide gorgeous color and look amazing in gardens and natural areas.  These plants also do very well when planted in large containers.  They display a very natural look and feel as they grow and provide a gorgeous appearance during the early part of spring.  They are very easy to grow and maintain and are an unusual choice for all homeowners.

 

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