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Dutchman's Breeches


Scientific Name     

Dicentra cucullaria (L.) Bernh.

Family Name

Fumariaceae (Fumitory family)

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Characteristics:  

Habitat:  

rich woods

Plant Height:  

10-30 cm 

Flower Color:  

white

Flower:  

complete; perfect; outer 2 petals with extended saccate bases, connate, with reflexed apical lobes, yellow at the base (throat of the corolla); stamens 6, erect; ovary superior, unilocular, tapering to a short style; sepals 4, in two pairs, decussate; flower "V" shaped

Inflorescence:  

terminal raceme, arising from bulb; glabrous

Fruit:  

capsular

Leaves:  

basal, long-petiolate, trifoliolate; leaflets petiolulate, pinnately divided

Bloom Time:  

early April-May

Origins:  

native

Other:  

similar species: D. canadensis; both species are poisonous to grazing cattle