Dutchmans Breeches


Ease to Grow: Easy
Dormancy: Preferred
Native Range: Wet woodlands of Eastern North America
Zones: 3-8 (2-9)

Dutchman's Breeches, Dicentra cucullaria, is a charming perennial woodland wildflower, frequently found in the high upper areas surrounding bogs. The flowers have upward extending spurs that resemble upside-down old style breeches (pants). It has beautiful fern-like foliage. Seeds are harvested by ants, taken to their burrows, where seeds often germinate in the ant debris piles.  It is Deer Resistant, and prefers growing in consistently wet, loose rich soils, appreciating shade. It flowers in the Spring and dies back by mid Summer.

Plants are at or near flowering size. They are shipped potted during the growing season, and shipped as a dormant bulblets during it's dormant season. Photographs are representative of species, and not the specific plant shipped.

Height: 4" - 6+"
Plant Type: Perennial, cold temperate
Soil: Humus, Lady's Slipper Mix
Soil pH: 6.0-7.5
Light: Filtered Sun to Partial Shade
Use: Early Spring Ephemeral and Fall color on bog garden edge or woodland garden.

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Michael Shelton
Dutchman's Breeches

The plant came very quickly, and it was packaged very safely. The leaves started to curl but I went ahead and planted as directed. It gradually died down and I continue to water it. I would like to have this plant because my grandmother had one. I tried one last year and it didn't grow either.

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