Please Note: Spring ephemeral. These bulbs come up early, 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.
Soil: Mesic (Medium)
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Season: April – May
Suggested Uses: Dutchman’s Breeches are dainty, spring beauties that grow in deciduous woods and are a great addition to woodland gardens. 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. Deer and rabbit resistant.
Native Range: The Upper Midwest, New England and the Pacific Northwest.
Pollinators: Bumblebees. Very important spring food source for pollinators! These are also a high-value nectar source for adult monarch butterflies.
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.
Other Uses: Few insects have mouth parts long enough to reach the nectar without chewing through the flower. However, it is attractive to bees.
Name: “Dicentra” means “two-spurred” in Greek.
More information: USDA plant profile