Dutchman’s Breeches are 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.
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Dutchman's Breeches haave small white flowers that grow clumped together for a full look. They produce the best in zones three to 7. The roots do not like dry soils such as clay. Planting them in mud or dry areas will stunt the growth. Making sure one follows the planting directions on this perennial is precautionary. The Dutchman's breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) is a perennial flower perfect as an accessory or focal point in all different kinds of gardens due to its unique and funny shape.
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When planting them, they are most often introduced into the ground as bulbs. To properly plant these bulbs, a gardener should be sure to place them somewhere in at least partial if not full shade. They thrive best in moist, well-drained soil that's partly acidic. They do best in warm climates and can adapt to most environments if given the time to settle in where they're planted.
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