Dutchman’s Breeches - Dicentra cucullaria Bulbs
Climate Zone: 3 to 7
Mature Height: 0.5 to 1 Foot
Mature Width: 0.5 to 1 Foot
Sunlight: Prefers Full Shade to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Prefers Medium Moisture Well-Drained Soils
Botanical Name: Dicentra cucullaria
Dutchman’s Breeches also known as Dicentra Cucullaria. They grow on the eastern coast of the United States. They are versatile because they can grow in places where other plants cannot. Most perennials only prefer flat land, but Dutchman’s Breeches does the best on slopes or hillsides. They do well with moist soils or soils that are well drained. They are small growers and only produce around 12 inches. It is not prone to diseases or insect problems. They prefer cooler temperatures of spring and will quit growing in the heat of summer. This plant is not ideal for a border around one's flowers due to the inability to thrive in the summer. Plant, this plant, mixed throughout other plants to ensure the best look. The blooms look like old fashioned pantaloons which give it its name.
This perennial has small white flowers that grow clumped together for a more full look. They grow the best in zones three to 7. The roots do not like dry soils such as clay. Planting them in clay or dry areas will stunt the growth. Making sure one follows the planting directions on this perennial is precautionary.