Please Note: These bulbs come up, bloom early, and go into dormancy during hot weather. If purchased for spring delivery they will be either coming out of dormancy or actively growing mid spring. If purchased late spring through fall they will either be going into dormancy or will be dormant and will not grow until the following spring.
Flowers: The 3/4″ hanging flowers have 4 sepals and 4 petals. The outer petals form the distinctive “breeches” or v-shape of the flower. There are 6 stamens.
Leaves: The basal leaves are alternate and have leaf stems (petioles). They are divided into 3 leaflets which are further divided into a feather-like arrangement. They are a bluish green on top and silvery green below.
These dainty, spring beauties grow in deciduous woods and are a great addition to the woodland garden. The flowers arise from small bulblets, make a welcome appearance and eventually die back to the ground as the flowers fade and the days get warmer.
Other Uses: Few insects have mouth parts long enough to reach the nectar without chewing through the flower. However, it is attractive to bees.
More Information: Considered a love charm by the Menomini. A young man would either throw the flower at his love, or chew the flower and breathe the scent on her so that she would follow him.
Name: “Dicentra” means “two-spurred” in Greek.