Spring Wildflowers

Dutchman's breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)

Member of the Fumariaceae (Fumitory) family.  Found in rich woods, grows 5 - 9 inches, April - May.  A delicate spray of waxy, yellow-tipped flowers drooping in a row from an arched stem.  Each flower has 2 inflated spurs that suggest the legs of tiny pantaloons, "ankles-up."  Leaves much dissected.  Roots a cluster of many small white tubers.

  To learn more about Dutchman's breeches, visit its profile at the USDA Plants Database