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Dutchman's Breeches - Dicentra cucullaria

Dutchman's Breeches

Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) is a member of the bleeding heart family. The plant has also been called white hearts, or soldier’s cap and ear-drops. It is an herbaceous perennial found in rich woods throughout Ohio. Dutchman’s breeches blooms from late March to late April and is dormant by early June. Its common name refers to the pantaloon-shaped white flowers that dangle upside down, as if on a clothes line. Its lace-like green leaves are deeply divided. Dutchman’s breeches are pollinated by early bumblebees whose proboscis is long enough to tap the nectar. When the tree canopy appears, the leaves of this spring ephemeral disappear. These delicate beauties can be seen at many wooded state nature preserves including Conkle's Hollow in Hocking County, Johnson Woods in Wayne County and Augusta-Anne Olsen in Huron County


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