I had a wildflower coloring book when I was a child and I always thought this plant sounded so exotic and fantastic. So you can imagine that I practically squealed with delight when I saw this in person. Dutchman’s Breeches is just such a cool plant.
The foliage of Dicentra cucullaria is grayish green and fern-like, quite similar to that of Fumewort. And there’s a reason for that. They’re both members of the bleeding heart family. The flowers of Dutchman’s Breeches are white with a yellow ruffle near the bottom. The appearance is that of white pants with little yellow ruffled cuffs.
This is another plant that is a spring ephemeral. Once the seeds are ripe the plant begins to die back and goes dormant for the rest of the summer.