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Dutchman's Breeches

 
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One of America's most famous wildflowers, Dutchman's Breeches is a small, wild version of Bleeding Heart, with creamy white flowers so named for their resemble to a pair of upside-down, hung-to-dry pants. Blooming in early spring, the 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 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Native
Native
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 8-10" tall, 6-12" wide
Bloom Time Early to mid spring
Size Bag of 3
SKU 9DIC3

Plant Information

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.
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9DICG
9FDIC3 (Bag of 3) - Out of stock.
9DIC3 (Bag of 3)
Common Name Dutchman's Breeches
Botanical Name Dicentra cucullaria
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color White
Mature Height 8-10" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 6-12" wide
Growth Rate Medium
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
Foliage Color Blue-Green
Foliage Fern-like mound of blue-green foliage.
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested.
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

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American MeadowsDutchman's Breeches
 
1.8

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (13)

7%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate instructions (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (9)
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    • Personal (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

It took 3 years but they finally bloomed

I ordered this approx. 4 years ago and every spring I would get nothing but leaves (it had been so long I had given up hope). Three years in (last spring) it...Read complete review

I ordered this approx. 4 years ago and every spring I would get nothing but leaves (it had been so long I had given up hope). Three years in (last spring) it finally bloomed. This spring I got more flowers. It takes quite a bit of patience while the plant gets established but you will be rewarded.

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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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5.0

Very pleased

By 

from Kingsville, MD

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Hardy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Dutchman's Breeches:

    I received this product in fall and planted immediately, in spring it was up looking healthy and hardy

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    1.0

    Very disappointed had been hunting for them for years

    By 

    from Tonganoxie Kansas

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions

    Cons

    • Small In Size

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about American Meadows Dutchman's Breeches:

    Shipped bare root planted them as soon as I got them follow the directions kept them watered very small roots I thought they came too late in the season and they did not grow was waiting for the next spring to see if they would perhaps come up then

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    1.0

    Didn't grow

    By 

    from Ohio

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Not one of three sprouted.

      Best Uses

        Comments about American Meadows Dutchman's Breeches:

        I planted the small roots in pots with high quality soil and not one of them grew.

         
        5.0

        Disappointing it did not grow.

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        from Virginia

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

          • Garden

          Comments about American Meadows Dutchman's Breeches:

          I planted in accordance with instructions seasonal timing with not success. I have had only planting out of all that I ordered that did not grow.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          It took 3 years but they finally bloomed

          By 

          from Hudson Valley NY

          About Me Avid Gardener

          Pros

          • Healthy

          Cons

          • Long time to establish

          Best Uses

            Comments about American Meadows Dutchman's Breeches:

            I ordered this approx. 4 years ago and every spring I would get nothing but leaves (it had been so long I had given up hope). Three years in (last spring) it finally bloomed. This spring I got more flowers. It takes quite a bit of patience while the plant gets established but you will be rewarded.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Did not germinate, total failure!

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              from Brooklyn, NY

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              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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                  • Personal

                  (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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                      • Personal
                       
                      1.0

                      dutchmans breeces

                      By 

                      from clyde ohio

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                      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.

                          • Primary use:
                          • 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

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                            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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                                    To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

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