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Dutchman's Breeches

 Common Name: Dutchman’s Breeches

Scientific Name: Dicentra cucullaria 

Family: Papaveraceae

Habitat: Woodlands, Ravines, Mountains

Native: Yes

Life Cycle: Perennial, Ephemeral

Bloom Time: Spring

Height: Up to 6 inches

Light: Partial sun to partial shade

Soil: Loamy, Clay, Moist, Well drained

Pollinators: Bees, Butterflies, Birds, Small woodlands creatures

Description: This small, white wildflower, known as Dutchman’s Breeches, grows most bountifully in the early spring on forest floors, in deep woods, or along steep ravines. Named after its flowers which grow in the shape of upside-down pantaloons, these native perennials can grow as early as March and go dormant before summer.