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Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman's Breeches)

Dutchman's Breeches, Bicuculla cucullaria, Dicentra cucullaria var. occidentalis, Dicentra occidentalis


Native to eastern North America, Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman's Breeches) is a compact, bushy perennial forming a ravishing clump of feathery, blue-green, finely cut leaves. In mid to late spring, gracefully arching stems are studded with pantaloon-shaped white flowers adorned with yellow tips. Borne in an elegant row along leafless stems, the blossoms dangle like porcelain earrings above the foliage. Dutchman's Breeches dies down soon after flowering. Dicentra cucullaria is a delightful early spring garden companion and a lovely addition to the woodland garden.

  • Grows up to 6-12 in. tall and wide (15-30 cm). This shade perennial can spread to cover considerable areas.
  • Thrives in part shade and is easily grown in fertile, humus-rich, moist, preferably neutral or slightly alkaline, well-drained soils. It is full shade tolerant but be aware that too much shade will result in few flowers.
  • Great for banks and slopes, edging, underplanting shrubs, woodland gardens, coastal gardens, cottage gardens or as a groundcover.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for slugs and snails. Rabbit resistant
  • Propagate by division in early spring or after the leaves have died down. Propagate by seed - sow seed as soon as ripe or in spring.
  • Native to eastern North America.
  • All parts cause stomach ache if ingested.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Dicentra - Bleeding Hearts
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma
Tolerance Clay Soil, Rabbit
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Dicentra - Bleeding Hearts
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma
Tolerance Clay Soil, Rabbit
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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