Dutchmans Breeches

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Dutchman's Breeches, Dicentra Cucullaria is a Blooming Perennial 

Dutchman Breeches is a perennial plant that likes rich woods for growth. They are native to eastern North America but have a separate population in the Columbia Basin. The tiny blossoms are from 1/2 to 3/4 inches long and grow in the early spring. There are anywhere from 3 to 14 of the blooms on a stalk that ranges from 4 3/4 to 9 3/4 inches in length. Ants spread the seeds of the plant by a process called myrmecochory. The kidney-shaped seeds have a fleshy organ called an elaiosome, which attracts the ants to the plant. They carry the seed back to their nest and eat the elaiosome, and the rest of the seed deposits in the nest debris, from where they germinate.

Due to this process, they are now growing in a medium that is rich in ant nest debris. The foliage of the Dutchman's Breeches is a deep grayish-green basal that is rosette-shaped. The stems that the flowers grow on grows out of this rosette and have been equated to a clothesline. When they are blooming, the flowers hang in a row. Dutchmans Breeches can grow in planting zones 3-7. They like partial to full shade with moist soil and need very well-drained ground. The acidic land is the best planting medium for these plants, with hummus to provide the necessary nutrients, and they will bloom March through May.

Dutchmans Breeches, Dicentra Cucullaria Tolerates a Fair Amount of Shade and Frigid Temperature 

In exchange, it tolerates a fair amount of shade and frigid temperatures. It withstands winters down to -40 degrees Fahrenheit. This flower also enjoys fertile soils in the middle of the pH range. Once established, Dutchman's Breeches bears up to six three-quarters inch-long flowers on each stalk over two to three weeks. Afterward, the stems die back, and the leaves turn yellow. Through May, the entire plant fades back into the ground to make way for later blooming plants.

Dutchman's breeches are typically found growing on the edges of forests. Although it is considered a weed, the plant does have many uses. The most common use of Dutchman's breeches is for medicinal purposes. The roots help heal snake bites and stings from bees or wasps. The leaves are used to make teas for bronchitis and colds, though there is no scientific evidence to prove these claims.

Dutchman's breeches for sale are also used as ornamental flowers in gardens worldwide. The flowers are white and star-shaped, similar to dandelions or wildflowers. Some people also use this plant to boil young shoots like asparagus or steam them like corn on the cob. However, ingesting dutchman's breeches may cause swelling of the lips and mouth followed by abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.


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 Dutchmans breeches, also known as harvest pants, have been a mainstay in farming since the early 1900s. Dutchmen's pants are used for work and leisure. They are comfortable and durable. These pants can be worn for work, tight at ankles, loose at knees, and baggy at the hips. They increase your body's mobility, ideal for barn chores or farm work. The loose fit allows a person to wear many layers of clothing underneath them on cold days while maintaining their mobility. 

Dutchman's breeches have many different uses beyond working in the fields. You can use them as pajamas or sleepwear during cold nights. You can even wear them to school or work if you want to be casual with your attire on a given day. Dutchman breeches are great for horseback riding, too, because they allow you to move freely around the saddle area without being restricted by tight jeans or other types of pants that may get caught up in the stirrups or saddle.

Dutchmans Breeches (aka Stinkwort) is an herbaceous perennial plant with yellow flowers. It has many medicinal benefits and hence is used to treat various ailments. This green, leafy plant grows on a tall stem and features clusters of yellow flowers, sometimes referred to as Dutchman's breeches or Stinkwort. Dutchman's breeches make an attractive addition to the perennial border. Still, they can also be used as ground cover in sunny locations along the edge of a woodland garden or near buildings where they will receive adequate sunlight for growth but not be trampled by passersby or lawnmowers. 

Purchase The Dutchman's breeches because it has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes by Native Americans and settlers alike. A tea made from this plant was also taken internally to reduce fevers and relieve symptoms of colds and sore throats.

Dutchmans Breeches is used for the treatment of different types of dysentery. The leaves are boiled in water, and the decoction is taken a day thrice to relieve from dysentery. This herb is also effective when mixed with other herbs like goldenseal, goldenrod, and gravel root to cure dysentery. The herb is also helpful in expelling worms from the body by acting as a purgative. It promotes sweating, which helps reduce fevers and chills. The leaves can be crushed and applied over the head for sweating purposes. The herb can be used with other herbs such as boneset and yarrow to bring down a fever to reduce symptoms such as chills, headache, nausea, etc., that are associated with fever.

Height at maturity: 3-4 inches

Hardiness: zones 3 to 7

Sunlight: partial, full sun

Ship as: Bareroot



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Dutchman's Breeches - Dicentra cucullaria Hardy Planting Zones- 3-7 Sun or Shade ??Part Shade to Full Shade Mature Height - 4-12" Mature Width - 6-12" Bloom Season ??March - May Gardener Status - Beginner
Planting Zones 3-7
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2 Reviews

  • 5
    Dutchmans Breeches

    A very resilient plant of mine just in my frontyard, I have this for two years already.

  • 5

    These plants from very strong stalks, and work very well.

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