Dicentra cucullaria

Common Names: Dutchman's breeches
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Poppy family

These are an abundant early spring flower, and in the same family as 'Bleeding Hearts'. A perennial herbaceous plant, they are native to rich woods of eastern North America. The common name Dutchman's breeches derives from their white flowers that look like white breeches (pants). Height is 15 to 40 cm. Root is a cluster of small pink to white teardrop-shaped bulblets. Leaves are 10 to 36 cm long and 4 to 18 cm broad, with a petiole up to 15 cm long; they are trifoliate, with finely divided leaflets. Flowers are white, cream, and yellow, 1 to 2 cm long, and are born in spring on flower stalks 12 to 25 cm long.

Found in rich forests.

Primary Flower Color: White
Secondary Flower Color: Yellow
Edible Notes: Not known to have any edible parts, and likely toxic to ingest. However native americans and early settlers may have used this plant for medicinal purposes.
Warnings: May be toxic and cause contact dermatitis in some people.