Dicentra cucularia – DUTCHMAN'S BREECHES

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Lovely true spring ephemeral wildflower – plant grows and flowers before the canopy of trees can shade it’s habitat, in early to mid summer it becomes dormant and dies back.

White flower with yellow tips remind of hanging breeches (pants). Leaves are compound, ornamental gray-green. This small perennial provides nectar to first emerged bumblebees, so it's very beneficial. The best planted under deciduous trees, in shade gardens, woodland gardens and naturalized (let it self seed). Seeds are rather difficult to germinate, plants mature slowly. Combined with other woodland plants like Asarum, Aquilegia canadensis, Iris cristata, Heuchera, Polemonium reptans, Mertensia virginica, Polygonatum, Stylophorum diphyllum, Tiarella, sedges or ferns, or non-native smaller to medium Hosta, Epimedium.

Blooming time: April-May

Size: up to 12" high x 10" wide.

USDA zones : 3 to 8

Culture: half shade, shade, loam, rich soils, some decaying organic material is useful (leaves, leafy compost)

Moisture Needs : medium, medium-moist

Origin: Native wildflower to central, northeastern and parts of northwestern USA

Deer/rabbit resistant : yes/yes

Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators : very valuable plant for bumblebees

Attracts Hummingbirds : no

Pot Size: 3.5" perennial pot (1.22 pt/580 ml)

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  • 5
    Great Quality

    Posted by MATTHEW A TEETERS on 15th Sep 2020

    Packed superbly.