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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
4.0 Based on 14 reviews
  • 4
    Dutchmen Breeches

    Sep 09, 2022 Reviewer: Cindy

    Price was very good. Arrived really fast. Planted bare roots and I hope they come up next spring. Can't wait.

  • 5
    4 healthy bulbs

    May 30, 2022 Reviewer: SK

    They sent 4 bulbs and they all appeared healthy. They're in the ground now and waiting to sprout!

  • 5

    May 11, 2022 Reviewer: Donna

    I planted these in early fall of 21. They came up beautifully in spring of 22. So delicate and lovely. They bloomed in their first year. Perfect in my woodland setting. I bought more for next spring.

  • 4
    dutchmans breeches

    Apr 19, 2022 Reviewer: cindy

    nice sized tubers/rhizomes, planted and waiting for next spring blooming.

  • 5
    Arrived quickly in excellent condition!

    Nov 12, 2021 Reviewer: Suzanne

    Looking forward to planting and seeing what Dutchman's breeches look like----have heard about this wildflower but have never seen one. Hoping it likes the Pacific northwest climate!