Dutchman’s Breeches and Squirrel Corn

Dutchmans Breeches at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) are still blooming along the trails in rich moist woods, the white blossoms offset by delicate blue-green, finely cut foliage. Like many spring blooming plants, Dutchman’s Breeches were encouraged to get an early start by March’s warm weather. April’s cooler temperatures should help prolong the bloom season.

Dutchman’s Breeches are named for their flowers, shaped like tiny pantaloons hanging from a wash line. Continue reading