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Dutchmans breeches most commonly found along with sloped areas within moist woodlands, dutchman's Breeches typically bloom for a couple of weeks during the early spring. They are a good source of nectar for bees and other pollinators.
The plant's kidney-shaped seeds are spread by ants who take them back to their nests, where the edible outside is consumed, leaving the rest of the seeds to reside safely underground until they're ready to germinate.
While they're not related, the leaves of dutchman's breeches are quite fern-like but are much softer and more pliable. The flower stalks themselves are leafless, and flowers bloom in clusters. Flowers are primarily white, with the edges possessing a yellow twinge. The plant becomes dormant mainly by mid-summer, and much of its new seed bulbs are converted into sugars to assist in the next annual blooming session.
Both are early-spring bloomers that tolerate similar soil conditions and have the capacity for many flowers to blossom at once.
Acidic soil is preferred, and it's good for it to be well-drained as well, although some moisture is needed to ensure plant health. It's a good choice for gardens without sunlight due to an over-abundance of trees.
Hardy Planting Zone - Grows in zones 3 to 9
Bloom Season (if any) - Spring
Bloom Color - White and pale yellow
Height at Maturity - 4 to 8 inches tall
Soil Type Preferred - Loamy soil
Sun or Shade - Partial shade
Plant Description: Dutchman's Breeches is a bushy perennial woodland wildflower that grows best in hardiness zones 3 to 9. It is advised to plant them in the fall to allow for the optimum time to establish themselves before the coming spring. The foliage of this plant is a rosette of greyish-green leaves that can span up to 6 inches across, connecting to a brownish, pale red stem. The top parts of this stem hold drooping white flowers, about ¾ of an inch long, giving the appearance of upsidedown breeches, hence the name. The outer petals of the blooms are white, while the inner petals are colored a pale yellow. The plant can grow up to 4 to 8 inches tall, 6 to 12 inches wide, and blooms in early to mid-spring, lasting about 2 - 3 weeks. After the flowers bloom, the petals and foliage will begin to die back and go into dormancy by the arrival of summer. The plant, overall, is low-maintenance if planted in the right spot. As a woodland perennial, the Dutchman's Breeches grows best in an environment that mimics its native woodland habitat. It requires acidic, loamy soil mixed well with organic matter that can help with fertilizing. The soil also must be kept moist during the plant's growing season and left to dry out during its dormancy. Dutchman's Breeches also prefer a partially shaded area to grow in and do not tolerate full sun locations. The plant grows from underground tubers, and as such, it can spread rapidly in optimum growing conditions. Seeds of Dutchman's Breeches can also be spread by ants and can appear in sporadic locations around an area. If a more orderly appearance is desired, the spreading tubers will need to be dug up and transplanted to an appropriate location while the plant is dormant. After several years of growing, Dutchman's Breeches will need to be divided up to give the older established plants enough space. This plant is best developed for groundcover, planting under shrubs, on banks and slopes, and for borders for garden beds. They are best grown in a place of prominence so that you can enjoy their short growing season.
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We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.
Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.