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Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)

Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)

Native to the eastern U.S., this charming little wildflower closely resembles a pair of tiny pants drying in the breeze. Dutchman's Breeches, a variety of dicentra, is a conversation starter, to be sure. But it also adds much-needed light and life to the shady spaces in the garden or landscape. It pairs beautifully with early-flowering bulbs such as cyclamen coum, winter aconites and crocus, creating a dynamic display of color, texture and form. Growing only 10-12" tall, they work quite well in front borders. Plant in groups to get the full effect of these winsome little blooms.
  • Hardiness Zones 3-7
  • Mature Height 10 - 12 inches
  • Bloom Time April-May (Mid to late spring)
  • Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade

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Botanical Name: Dicentra cucullaria

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Product Details

  • Restricted States US:

    AE AK GU HI PR VI
  • Botanical Name :

    Dicentra cucullaria
  • Ship As :

    Bare Root
  • Size :

    NO.1
  • Suggested Uses:

    Borders, Naturalizing, Perennializing, Rock Garden, Showy Flowers, Shade Garden, Attract Pollinator, Woodland Garden
  • Flower Color :

    Red
  • Flower Form :

    Shaped like pantaloons with the ankles upward (hence the common name). The flowers are less than 1" in diameter.
  • Foliage Type :

    Deeply-cut, fern-like, grayish-green foliage.
  • Mature Spread :

    8 - 10 inches
  • Spacing:

    8 - 12 inches

Growing Tips

  • Planting Instructions :

    Plant 1" deep in regular to moist soil. Prefers neutral soil conditions. Woodland-like conditions are ideal.
  • Soil Moisture :

    Well drained
  • Will Tolerate :

    Acidic Soil, Clay Soil, Loamy Soil, Sandy Soil
  • Pruning Instructions :

    No pruning
  • Winter Care :

    Mulch +/- 1"
  • Planting Depth :

    Plant the roots (tuberlike) 1" deep.
  • Watering Requirements :

    Average water needs. Water regularly, do not overwater.
  • Fertilization Requirements :

    Once per year
  • Special Care :

    Before planting soak in cold to lukewarm water for 30 minutes.

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K. van Bourgondien times its shipments from Holland so that bulbs arrive at the proper planting time (depending on climatic conditions) for each area of North America.
We take advance reservations, and then just as soon as the crops are harvested, our staff of K. van Bourgondien experts makes an on-the-spot selection of the finest bulbs available to fill those reservations.
We will pack and ship your order based on the following schedules.

Spring 2021 Shipping Schedule

  • Bulbs and Bareroot
    Zones First Ship Date Last Order Date
    3-4 May 3, 2021 May 31, 2021
    5A April 12, 2021 May 31, 2021
    5B March 29, 2021 May 31, 2021
    6A March 15, 2021 May 31, 2021
    6B March 1, 2021 May 31, 2021
    7A February 25, 2021 May 31, 2021
    7B February 22, 2021 May 31, 2021
    8A February 18, 2021 May 10, 2021
    8B February 15, 2021 May 10, 2021
    9-10 February 8, 2021 May 10, 2021

In all cases, we choose the fastest, most efficient way to send your orders via USPS or FedEx.
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Due to hot weather conditions, we are unable to ship any plant items from late June through August. General merchandise will be shipped with your plant order.

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