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Dicentra cucullaria

Dutchman's Breeches, Dutchman's Britches

Scientific Name:

Dicentra cucullaria

Genus:

Dicentra

Species Epithet:

cucullaria

Common Name:

Dutchman's Breeches, Dutchman's Britches

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Fumariaceae (Fumitory Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

March, April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Rich, moist forests, especially rich cove forests in the mountains. Rare throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Status:

W6: Watch List: Regionally Rare (*Key)

Notes:

Easy to confuse the foliage with Dicentra canadensis, Squirrel Corn.

Blooms

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Blooms & Foliage

image

NC mountains, May/June 2006
© Chuck Yancey

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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