Dutchmans Breeches

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Dutchman's 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 live, 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.

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