The Advantages Of Planting Dutchman's Breeches
Dutchman's Breeches Dicentra cucullaria
An attractive, spring-blooming wildflower, Dutchman's Breeches is so named for the shape of its flowers. White and yellow blooms, shaped like hanging pants, proudly nod in spring. Unusual to find in many landscapes, it is a cheery addition to the part sun garden. Native to woodland areas of Eastern U.S., Dutchman's Breeches grows best in fertile amended soil or the ground under trees that are naturally altered by falling leaves decomposing there over the years. Plant more than one, for an adorable show of the unique white and yellow flowers in late spring. This herbaceous perennial is small and dainty, reaching four to eight inches in height and about the same as it's spread in maturity. Grow Dutchman's Breeches at the front of a mixed spring garden bed or under trees. A relative of the more popular Bleeding Heart plant, Dutchman's breeches needs similar conditions. Plant them together in rows or masses for a beautiful display. Watch early migrating birds visit this plant for the nectar, along with bees, moths, and butterflies. An ephemeral specimen, this plant completes its aboveground show in a few weeks and dies back to leave room for companion planted summer blooms to appear.
Ephemeral plants have developed to exist in the forest or areas that were once forest and take advantage of appropriate conditions, blooming when temperatures and sunlight conditions are just right. When the aboveground part of the plant disappears, it is rejuvenating and growing, preparing for its display next spring.
Dutchman's breeches produces tiny seeds that are often transported by ants, sometimes sprouting in an appropriate location for their growth. Should you see something sprouting in spring that looks like this plant, it might just be. Let it grow to find out.Plant them in more than one flower bed or any location that gets filtered morning sun and enjoy the adorable Pantaloons on a Clothesline.