In Bloom: Dutchmen’s Breeches
Dutchmen’s Breeches are flowering now!
Genus: Dicentra cucullaria
Dutchmen’s Breeches are a perennial plant, native to forests in eastern North America. They are low-lying with delicate stems and flowerstalks. The plant has lacy leaves. Flowers are typically white and yellow and resemble a pair of pantaloons hanging upside down.
Fun Fact: Dutchmen’s Breeches are toxic to many animals. In cows, the most common symptom of poisoning is a staggering gait, giving this plant the common nickname ‘staggerweed’.