Dicentra cucullaria
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Dicentra cucullaria

Dutchman's breeches

  family papaveraceae 
  genus dicentra 

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Genus  Dicentra Species  cucullaria Variety  Cultivar  Common names  Dutchman's breeches Family  PAPAVERACEAE Specimen number  S10550 Data source  Poison p74;Xeri p288
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  5" - 8" Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Moist to wet Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-10b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Dicentra cucullaria can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30� Fahrenheit. It likes moist to wet soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Leaves   Tubers Poisonous indications  It contains toxic isoquinoline alkaloids Internal poison  yes Dermatologic poison  yes Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The leaves of this plant as well as the tubers are toxic. It is poisonous if ingested. It causes dermatitis when touched. It contains toxic isoquinoline alkaloids.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Dicentra cucullaria is a perennial. Flowers: Dutchman's breeches has dangling blossoms each with pant-like spurs. The flowers are usually a white color.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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