Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)
Dutchman's Breeches is a true spring woodland ephemeral species. It flowers early in the spring when sunlight hits the woodland floor before the canopy of the trees fill in. This is an ideal time for the first emerging bumblebees to find and nectar on the flowers. By early summer, the green foliage (which resemble fern-like leaves) will fade to a light yellow and eventually will go into total dormancy by mid-summer.
Sun Exposure - Shade
Soil Moisture - Medium-Wet, Medium
Height - 12 inches
Bloom Time - April, May
Bloom Color - White, Pink
Photo courtesy of Prairie Moon.