Dutchman's Breeches

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One of America's famous wildflowers, a small, wild version of Bleeding Heart with white flowers (that resemble a pair of upside-down, hung-to-dry pants). Dutchman's breeches bloom in early spring while their delicate fern-like foliage lasts on, changing from a gray-green to pale yellow. A simple yet striking addition to the shade or woodland garden. (Dicentra cucullaria)

Zones 3 - 7
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Native
Native
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 6-12" tall, 6-12" wide
Bloom Time Early to mid spring
SKU 9FDIC3
This is the wild version of Bleeding Heart with white to rosy flowers arrayed along a stem, each one looking like a pair of pants, hung out to dry. Its a small plant, usually under one foot, much smaller than our garden variety Bleeding Hearts. Always a favorite with children and naturalists.
Associated SKUs
9DICG
9DIC3 (Bag of 3) - Out of stock.
9FDIC3 (Bag of 3)
Common Name Dutchman's Breeches
Botanical Name Dicentra cucullaria
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color White
Mature Height 6-12" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 6-12" wide
Bloom Time Early to mid spring
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Native Yes
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Native, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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American MeadowsDutchman's Breeches
 
1.3

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (11)

9%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate instructions (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Will buy this product again

The delivery was very quick. The plant filled in a very ugly bare spot and I am anxious to see it next spring. The plant was rather small but it was the first year...Read complete review

The delivery was very quick. The plant filled in a very ugly bare spot and I am anxious to see it next spring. The plant was rather small but it was the first year and it bloomed anyway.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Sadly no grow....

I bought these 2 falls ago even with the low rating cause I can usually get anything to grow. However, only 1 took. I was holding out to see if maybe it came...Read complete review

I bought these 2 falls ago even with the low rating cause I can usually get anything to grow. However, only 1 took. I was holding out to see if maybe it came back better year 2 but didn't get anything (not even the 1 came back). I bought some regular bleeding hearts from walmart at the same time and they actually grew/are still growing so I don't think it's the location. Would have been cool to have but I don't think they are going to show up. I would still order from American meadows though because this is the first time ever that their product hasn't delivered. I currently have a 1 year old cone flower plant in a different location that is over 4ft tall. :0)

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1.0

Mistakenly High Hopes

By 

from Grimes, IA

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions

Cons

  • Dead

Best Uses

    Comments about American Meadows Dutchman's Breeches:

    I bought a set of these, along with bleeding hearts, all to place on the shade side of the house to complement the other bleeding hearts and Solomon's seal plants I had. Not one of them emerged this spring. Additionally, this was the second pack that was mailed to me, as the bulbs that were originally received had essentially dried/rotted by the time I'd received them.

    All this being said, they were well packaged and included pretty clear instructions for planting, which I followed.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Did not germinate, total failure!

    By 

    from Brooklyn, NY

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Comments about American Meadows Dutchman's Breeches:

    The roots were planted by a professional gardener from Brooklyn Botanic Garden and watered regularly via irrigation. And, hand watered at start-up. This is the first failure in literally thousands of plugs from other sources.

    I want a refund!

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    1.0

    Plants promptly died

    By 

    from Middleville, MI

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Pros

      Cons

      • Flimsy

      Best Uses

        Comments about American Meadows Dutchman's Breeches:

        Ordered 6. Planted 6. All 6 shriveled up and apparently died.

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        2.0

        product was eaten by squirrels

        By 

        from Cincinnati , Ohio

        About Me Getting Started

        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about American Meadows Dutchman's Breeches:

            I planted these immediately when they arrived.
            When I realized the squirrels were eating them I built cages to hopefully protect them but they just dug beneath the cage and ate them all.

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            1.0

            dutchmans breeces

            By 

            from clyde ohio

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Pros

              Cons

              • Flimsy
              • Small In Size
              • Unattractive
              • Very Poor Product

              Best Uses

                Comments about American Meadows Dutchman's Breeches:

                couldn't use something that was shipped to us dead....2 times.

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                • Personal

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Will buy this product again

                By 

                from Greenville, Ohio

                About Me Getting Started

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Accurate Instructions
                • Attractive

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Garden

                  Comments about American Meadows Dutchman's Breeches:

                  The delivery was very quick. The plant filled in a very ugly bare spot and I am anxious to see it next spring. The plant was rather small but it was the first year and it bloomed anyway.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  dutchmans breeches

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                  from Clyde Ohio

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                  Comments about American Meadows Dutchman's Breeches:

                  We tried the dutchmans breeches in a 3 pack the first time. Not one even showed any promise of growing. We contacted the company and they gladly sent out another pack. The second pack of 3 didn't do anything. I will not let this beat me....lol.... my mother talks of these growing everywhere when she was a child , and I will succeed !!!

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                  1.0

                  Never came up.

                  By 

                  from Alaska

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                  Comments about American Meadows Dutchman's Breeches:

                  Plant never came up after planting

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  1.0

                  Disappointed

                  By 

                  from Cottage Grove, MN

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Comments about American Meadows Dutchman's Breeches:

                  No growth seen on product. Arrived dry and appears to be dead. Unfortunately did not get back to company to complain so have not asked for replacements.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  very poor

                  By 

                  from Tallassee tn

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                  Pros

                  • None

                  Cons

                  • Very Few Sprouts

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about American Meadows Dutchman's Breeches:

                    planted either 3 or 6 of each varity (dutchmans britches,white bleeding heart, pink bleeding heart, blue, and red cardinal flower) Only got about 5 sprouts.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Sadly no grow....

                    By 

                    from Alexandria, VA

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Comments about American Meadows Dutchman's Breeches:

                    I bought these 2 falls ago even with the low rating cause I can usually get anything to grow. However, only 1 took. I was holding out to see if maybe it came back better year 2 but didn't get anything (not even the 1 came back). I bought some regular bleeding hearts from walmart at the same time and they actually grew/are still growing so I don't think it's the location. Would have been cool to have but I don't think they are going to show up. I would still order from American meadows though because this is the first time ever that their product hasn't delivered. I currently have a 1 year old cone flower plant in a different location that is over 4ft tall. :0)

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Corms didn't grow (yet)

                    By 

                    from AuGres, Mi.

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Hope you love gardening

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about American Meadows Dutchman's Breeches:

                        These are kind of hard to grow. I was told that the seeds and corms need a cold spell before they will grow. So, I planted them in augmented soil this spring, they didn't do anything yet maybe they will sprout this next spring having gone through a winter. They are a novelty item and are early and go dormant early also.

                         
                        1.0

                        all but one plant a no-show

                        By 

                        from chicago, il

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Arrived quickly
                        • Well-packed

                        Cons

                        • Plants didn't grow

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about American Meadows Dutchman's Breeches:

                          I planted 6 Dutchman's Breeches plants at the same time I planted some Bleeding Hearts, in the same area. The Bleeding Hearts all came up this year and look great. Only 4 of the 6 Dutchman's Breeches plants came up and of those, 3 quickly withered away. The one remaining plant is still there, but it seems to have stopped growing, although it looks healthy. Altogether, a disappointing experience.

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