Dutchman’s Breeches

Dicentra cucullaria

Family Fumitory (Fumariaceae)
Bloom Spring
Habitat Moist deciduous forest
Status Native
Cycle Perennial
Height 5-10″
Flower Flowers appear as a collection of waxy inflated flowers that dangle from the stem like tiny pantaloons. There are two spurs spreading and extending upward forming the legs of the breeches. Flowers are yellow-tipped.
Leaf Leaves are finely divided, delicate, long-stalked and arise from the base of the plant.
Notes The flowers appear before the leaves come out on the trees. This plant is very similar to the Squirrel Corn. The leaves are just slightly different and the flower has the yellow bottom. Squirrel Corn usually comes out shortly after Dutchman’s Breeches bloom.

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