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Dutchman's Breeches

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Dutchman's Breeches

The Dutchman's Breeches also called the Dicentra cucullaria are a perennial plant. This unique plant gets its name from the peculiar blooms that look like breeches hanging. These plants bloom in Spring and are pollinated by ants. This perennial can grow to about 12 inches tall. This plant ships year-round bare root.

Dutchman's Breeches grow best in USDA Hardiness Zones 3-7

This plant is named for a type of traditional pantaloons worn by Dutchmen. It has white flowers that resemble upside-down pantaloons or "breeches." The unique plant tipped by yellow flowers on a slender stalk that looks similar to a clothesline. Dutchman's breeches have dark green leaves resembling large parsley leaves. This plant genus is of the same family as the "Bleeding Heart" plant.

Also, this plant also has a total of six stamens and four petals inside each flower. Its waxy white petals recognize it. It is hardest in New England and grows near rocky slopes and also forests. This plant prefers full to partial shade and a damp, acidic soil to thrive. It is part of the family of shade perennials that require minimal maintenance.

Dutchman's Breeches gets its name because the pretty but oddly shaped blossoms look like linen underwear blown out by the wind. 

This plant's bulbs need to be planted in acidic, moist soil in partial shade. The best time to plant them is in the late spring. The flowers then appear next spring; the plant is a perennial. Dutchman's Breeches goes dormant during the warmer weather but returns the following spring.

Add this plant to a shade garden along with other shade perennials like the rosy red Trinity plant, Bleeding Heart, Blue Hosta or the frothy white Goatsbeard plants. Spiky red, blue, pink or white Astilbe fronds also require full to partial shade and make a colorful backdrop in a shade garden. These also prefer damp, acidic soil. Dutchman's Breeches are shade perennials that bloom in early Spring.


The Dutchman's Breeches are shipped bare root.

Dutchman's Breeches from Native Wildflowers Nursery

  • USDA Zones 3-7
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  • Color: White
  • Season: Spring
  • Height: 8-10 inches
  • Exposure: Partial - Full Shade
  • Ships As: Root/Rhizome
  • Warranty: 1 Year
Customer Reviews
5.0 Based on 24 reviews
  • 5
    Dutchman's Breeches

    May 06, 2024 Reviewer: Kathy S. Addis

    I planted my Dutchman's Breeches as soon as they arrived so am anxious to see if they come up next Spring. The Blue Bells I planted last year are up and blooming and so are the Jack-in-the-Pulpits. I am SO pleased!

  • 5
    Dutchman's Breeches

    May 02, 2024 Reviewer: Irene

    I bought these for a friend/caregiver for my mother. She had just been out on a trial walking, looking for them. Where she lives is just like being in the Park, so she can plant her own & have in her own yard. Can't wait until next Spring to see them come up.

  • 4
    Dutchman's Breeches

    Apr 19, 2024 Reviewer: Kathy S. Addis

    Only reason I didn't give 5 star is because I just recieved them but other things I ordered such as Blue Bells are up and blooming. Getting back to Dutchmans Breeches, they looked really healthy and already had tiny sprouts growing on them. Only reason I didn't give a 5 star is I just recieved and planted them last week but they looked really healthy and had sprouts on them.

  • 5
    Plant order

    Apr 10, 2024 Reviewer: Rodney Holcomb

    Ordered some Dutchman Breeches bulbs which arrived in good shape. Planted them the day after they arrived and now just looking forward to the plants blooming!

  • 5
    Dutchman's Breeches

    Mar 23, 2024 Reviewer: Mark Millard

    These plants starts arrived promptly. They arrived in good condition, and they are now starting to grow near my window sill so I can harden them off and transplant to my rock garden as the weather starts to warm up here. Very nice! Thank you, Mark