Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Dutchman’s Breeches

Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) is a delightful woodland wildflower. Both the flowers – about ¾ inch long-- and the grayish green foliage are attractive. Upside down, the flowers look like Dutchman's breeches with their pockets inside out.
Native to the rich moist woods of eastern North America, ranging from North Dakota to Quebec and as far south as Georgia. Dutchman's Breeches make the most of the early spring sunshine, blooming and setting seed before the trees leaf out. In early summer the plant disappears until the next spring.

6 comments:

Small City Scenes said...

Sweet little flower. We have them out here too.
As I said before I love the woodland flowers.
Thanks for 'getting' my WW post. MB

dot said...

Oh how cute they are! I've never seen them here but there is a lot I haven't seen.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I have raised them here and they are supposed to come up but come to think of it I don't remember seeing them last summer. Or spring. I will have to look for them again this year.

I like them and a lot of other woodland plants. I love paw paws.

Your photos certainly captures the plant in all its glory.

Old Wom Tigley said...

I have become quite used to these now, the first time I saw them was a few weeks ago, since then I've seen them a few times. I wish these grew around where I live.. I could astound my friends now with my knowledge.. :O)

Ex-Shammickite said...

I've seen these growing, but never knew the name of them.
Plenty of Coltsfoot around here though. I remember that growing in UK.

Ineke said...

Honestly, you have to have some imagination seeing a pair of dutch pants here :)

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