“Dutchman’s Breeches”

Here is another image form my recent hikes to shoot wildflowers, this little jewel is called Dutchman’s Breeches, according to Wikipedia

Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman’s breeches) is a perennial herbaceous plant, native to rich woods of eastern North America, with a disjunct population in the Columbia River Basin.[1]

The common name Dutchman’s breeches derives from their white flowers that look like white breeches

Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman’s Breeches)

Height is 15-40 cm. Root is a cluster of small pink to white teardrop-shaped bulblets. Leaves are 10-36 cm long and 4-18 cm broad, with a petiole up to 15 cm long; they are trifoliate, with finely divided leaflets.

Flowers are white, 1-2 cm long, and are born in spring on flower stalks 12-25 cm long.

Dutchman’s breeches is one of many plants whose seeds are spread by ants, a process called myrmecochory. The seeds have a fleshy organ called an elaiosome that attracts ants. The ants take the seeds to their nest, where they eat the elaiosomes, and put the seeds in their nest debris, where they are protected until they germinate. They also get the added bonus of growing in a medium made richer by the ant nest debris.

The western populations have sometimes been separated as Dicentra occidentalis on the basis of often somewhat coarser growth, but do not differ from many eastern plants in the Appalachians.

I usually try to show the green foliage with this wildflower but on this image I went with an abstract extreme closeup, I purposely kept the nearest bloom in focus and then on the rest of the blooms I tried blurring each bloom as they faded away. It was just something a little different to keep my images form getting stale.

I shot this image at Clifty Falls State Park near Madison Indiana, I hope you enjoy the image and as usual click image for larger view, thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!


12 thoughts on ““Dutchman’s Breeches”

  1. Your photos are terrific. I hike a lot in Charlestown State Park and the hillsides are covered in wood poppies, VA blue bells, and more. Trillium in bloom. Keep posting so I learn more about what I’m seeing!

  2. They’re SO lovely! Very interesting about the ants–yet again we see that nature is, indeed, a delicate web, whose strands intersect with everything else in the world.
    Sorry for the delay in my visit, hon. Spring is my big visual arts marketing season & I’ve been taking full advantage of every opportunity I can.

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