Dutchman’s Breeches - Dicentra cucullaria
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 resemble pantaloons which is why it’s called Dutchman’s breeches. These are very 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 a wonderful choice for all homeowners.
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