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Dutchman's Breeches

Dicentra cucullaria


These are the bulblets of the roots of Dicentra cucullaria, Dutchman's Breeches. These bulblets go dormant after the plant goes to fruit, and they remain dormant until fall. The beginning stages of leaves and flower buds are then formed underground. These primordial leaves and flower buds remain dormant until the spring, when they emerge from the mesic forest floor.

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Aha! Looks like those stems were connected then. Well done! Great looking flowers on these.

MeganM 4 years ago

I found an ID! They are bulblets of the roots of Dicentra cucullaria, Dutchman's Breeches:

I've seen these all the time and I can never find a reference to what they are. Mighty puzzling.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Do you know what those green stems in pic 2 are? Might be connected??

dandoucette 5 years ago

That is strange! Wish I could help.

MeganM 5 years ago

Can someone please help me identify this or point me to some other resources? I have tried googling to no avail. I must not be using the right search terms. I'm stumped!

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Iowa City, Iowa, USA

Spotted on Jul 11, 2015
Submitted on Jul 11, 2015

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