The Dutchmans breeches are known by its scientific name Dicentra cucullaria and you’re likely to find the plant blooming in late spring and growing with other wildflowers in shaded woodland areas. Actually the frilly foliage and the unusual blooms appear delicate and attractive. This may lead you to wonder if you can grow a dutchman's breeches flower in your cultivated landscape. You might be able to grow dutchman's breeches flower if you can provide the right dutchman's breeches flower growing conditions.


 Dutchman's Breeches Flower Growing Conditions

The care of dutchman's breeches flower is fairly minimal when they’re located in the right spot. The dutchman's breeches flower actually grows best in conditions similar to their native woodland habitat. Dappled shade and organic, humus soil, such as the one found on the forest floor, facilitate the best growth of the plant. Acidic, moist soil is required for the brief bloom of the dutchman's breeches flower. Soil should dry out during dormancy for ideal dutchman's breeches flower growing.  


Why Are They Called Dutchman's Breeches?

 Dutchmen breeches is actually a wildflower of the Dicentra clan, like the Dicentra bleeding heart. Actually, dutchman's breeches flower is sometimes called wild bleeding heart. The blooms (which are called spurs) are similar to those of the bleeding heart plant, although shaped differently, more like a pair of pantaloons than a heart – thus, the common name of dutchman's breeches flower. The scientific name is Dicentra cucullaria. In the wild the dutchman's breeches flower is often found growing with squirrel corn (D. canadensis), earning the playful pair the name of Boys and Girls. You may also hear dutchman's breeches flower called Staggerweed. This actually refers to cattle that have overindulged in the wild plant in their pastures, causing convulsions and a staggering gait. The dutchman's breeches flower also create a poppy-like hallucinogen and should not be consumed by humans. It is probably best to always wear gloves when taking care of the dutchman's breeches flower.    


Where do Dutchman's breeches grow?

If your landscape actually has the appropriate dutchman's breeches flower growing conditions as described above, then you can grow the plant. The edge of nearby woodlands is a great place to plant the dutchman's breeches flower. Keep in mind that the dutchman's breeches flower grows from an underground tuber and may spread rapidly when planted in the right location. Make sure you allow plenty of room for its spread or be prepared to dig and replant tubers during the dormant season. The dutchman's breeches seeds are often spread by ants, so just expect to see them in unexpected locations in the nearby landscape. The rich soil created by ant’s waste in their nesting places is ideal for dutchman's breeches flower growing conditions as well.

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