Dicentra cucullaria

Dutchman's Breeches

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Pot Size: bare root

Plant Description

Dutchman's breeches is a delicate spring ephemeral that may blanket rich, north facing slopes and shaded ledges over its huge range throughout the eastern 2/3rds of North America. It forms dense 10” high colonies of deeply cut, gray-green, fern-like foliage with stalks of flowers hovering above the leaves. The white flowers resemble a pair of breeches or pantaloons hung upside down. The growing period may last only 2-3 months or so; then they die back down until the next year. Over time, Dutchman's breeches can cover large areas, which is breath-taking in early spring. Once started, they spread by seed or by disturbance of their tiny corms.



Deer Resistant

Native Plant

Ease of Culture

Not too hard to culture

Plant Type

Wildflower, Perennial,

Light Exposure

Full shade, Mostly shady,

Soil Condition

Organic, Average,

Moisture Tolerance

Moderately moist,

Pot Size

bare root


less than 12,

Flower Color





Bloom Time

Mid spring, Early spring

Typical Height





3, 4, 5, 6, 7,