“Dutchman’s Breeches”

Here is another wildflower image from earlier this spring, with no time to get outside and shoot nature images now I will have to rely on older shots that I haven’t had a chance to edit till now. I shot these little wildflowers at Clifty Falls State Park near Madison Indiana earlier this spring, Dutchman’s Breeches are one of the coolest wildflowers in the woods, and one of my favorite to photograph.

Here is a short official description of this flower that I pulled from the US Forest Service site, authored by Alma Hanson, I am too lazy to write tonight, more editing of course…

Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman’s breeches) is an herbaceous perennial of the Fumariaceae family. This species has many common names depending on which part of the country you come from. One of its common names, Little Blue Staggers, is derived from its ability to induce drunken staggering if cattle graze on it, due to narcotic and toxic substances in the poppy-related genus. Bleeding heart is another common name.

This native wildflower is common throughout the eastern United States though rarer in the Pacific Northwest. The western populations of Dicentra cucullaria appear to have been separated from the eastern ones for at least one thousand years according to the Flora of North America. The western plants are somewhat coarser in appearance but generally indistinguishable from their eastern counterparts. In Idaho, the species often grows along stream corridors in gravely banks well above the waterline. It is also occurs in Washington and Oregon.

Dutchman’s Breeches blooms in the early spring from March to April. Flowers are white to pink and resemble a pair of pantaloons hanging upside down. The flowers wilt almost immediately upon picking so they should not be collected in the wild. The one or more finely compound leaves make the plant appear fern-like. This perennial species has rice-like seed bulbs and is an attractive addition to any garden in moist shady areas.

Thanks Alma for your wonderful and insightful writing hopefully that will keep me out of trouble !!

So there you have it the lovely and unique Dutchman’s Breeches, hope you enjoy and once again click on the image for best viewing.


6 thoughts on ““Dutchman’s Breeches”

  1. Mariah Cheatham

    Uncle Bernie, this is amazing. Everything just looks so perfect and the colors go very well together. Every little detail is so beautiful: the drops of water, the texture of the leaves, the amazingly pure color of the flowers. Well done! This is definitely one of my favorites!

  2. Richard

    Very nice photo of these unique wildflowers. We also have these wildflowers here in East Tennessee. Their arching stems with the flowers lining up make great photos. Shooting them straight on like you have done can be a difficult shot and you’ve done a great job with the DOF.

  3. Lana

    They’re so beautiful. I wish we had them here–I’ve never seen them in the wild. Very interesting composition in the photo–well done!


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