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Dutchman's-breeches

Dutchman's-breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)

FAMILY: Papaveraceae

FLOWERING PERIOD: late March to early May

DESCRIPTION: Delicate low perennial with highly dissected leaves arising from clusters of tubers coalesced into a bulb. Distinctive white flowers dangle from pendant pedicels in elongate racemes.

DISTRIBUTION: Common statewide

HABITAT: A variety of wooded habitats, but usually in moist to fairy well-drained soils.

NOTES: A similar species, somewhat less common, is squirrel-corn, D. canadensis. Dutchman's-breeches is one of the most recognized classic spring ephemeral wildflowers. Bumblebees, especially Bombus bimaculatus, are the chief pollinators. Ants disperse the seeds.