Dutchman’s Breeches

Dicentra cucullaria
Poppy Family(Papaveraceae)

Description:Clusters of fragrant, white, pantaloon-shaped flowers are on a leavless stalk and overtop the much divided, feathery basal leaves. Flowers: 3/4″ (2cm) long; petals 4, the 2 outer ones with inflated spurs forming a V that results in the unique floral shape. Leaves: 3-6″ (7.5-15cm) lnog, compound, long stalked, grayish-green above, paler beneath, with deeply cut leaflets. Fruit: oblong to linear, capsule, opening to base into 2 parts when mature. Height: 4-12″ (10-30cm).

Flowering: April – May

Habitat: Rich Woods

Range: Nova Scotia and Quebec; south through the mountains from New englan to Georgia; west to Alabama, Missouri, eastern Kansas, North Dakota, and beyond our range.

Comments: The generic name of this delicate spring flower derives from the Greek for “two-spurred” Some call them “Amish pants” in SE Minnesota.
resources taken from: Niering, William A., Olmstead, Nancy C., National Audobon Society Field Guide to North American Wildlowers. 1979, Chanticleer Press, INC.