Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)
Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)

Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)

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Dicentra cucullaria
This spring ephemeral is very showy with its oddly shaped white flowers, which are an important nectar source for bees early in the year. Its feathery foliage is also attractive. Dutchman's breeches is is unlikely to be eaten by deer or rabbits.

The seeds ripen in late April or early May and should be sown as soon as possible. Sow the seeds in a shaded area with rich organic soil for best results. They will germinate the following spring. The seeds have a fleshy attachment called an elaiosome. Ants will carry the seeds back to their nest in order to eat the nutritious elaiosome, and then discard the seeds. This dispersal method helps ensure the seeds find their way to nutrient-rich soil in which to germinate.

Uses: bees, showy flowers, deer resistant, medicinal (though also considered poisonous)
Bloom time: March - May

Height: About 12 inches
Space: 6 to 12 inches

Sun: Shade
Moisture: Average to moist

Seeds: Best sown in May or June. Require a warm period followed by a cold period in order to break their dormancy.
  • Roughly 200 seeds per packet
  • 16,750 seeds per ounce
  • 1 ounce per 600 square feet

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