Dutchman's-breeches


Dutchman's-breeches

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Dutchman's-breeches (Dicentra cucullaria).—John H. Gerard

Plant (Dicentra cucullaria) of the poppy family (Papaveraceae) named for its sprays of tremulous, yellow-tipped white flowers that fancifully resemble the wide-legged, traditional pantaloons worn by Dutch men. The plant is native throughout eastern and midwestern North America, usually in open woodlands. The gray-green foliage grows from white underground tubers and is not as tall as the flowering stalk, which also springs directly from the ground.

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