Dutchman’s Breeches
Dutchman’s Breeches is a true spring woodland ephemeral species. It flowers early in the spring when sunlight hits the woodland floor before the canopy of the trees fill in. This is an ideal time for the first emerging bumblebees to find and nectar on the flowers. By early summer, the green foliage (which resemble fern-like...
Botanical Name: Dicentra cucularia
Nom Français: Dicentre à capuchon


Bloom colour: White
Blooms: Spring - Zone 5
Pollinators: Bumble bees
Sun or Shade: Shade
Plant Type: Perennial
Height: Up to 1 foot (30 cms)
It grows well in hardiness zones: 3 to 7


Deciduous woods
Water requirement: Medium water requirement.
Medium moisture, well-drained soil and clay, loam soils are best.


Grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. Prefers rich, moist, humusy soils in part shade. Intolerant of wet soils in winter. This is a spring ephemeral which usually disappears from the garden by early summer (dry soils tend to hasten this process).


Spread: 0.50 to 1.00 feet


Seed of this species is kept under refrigeration (33-38 F) until you are ready to plant or apply pre-sowing treatment..
Native to Canada

Styling and Use

Hostas and Ferns



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