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Squirrel Corn and Dutchman’s Breeches

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Squirrel Corn (Dicentra canadensis) and Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) are in the same genus, and their leaves and flowers reflect this close relationship. Squirrel Corn’s flowers are more heart-shaped, and lack the upright, pointed spurs of Dutchman’s Breeches flowers. It is in these spurs that nectar is produced. Squirrel Corn gets its name from the clusters of yellow, kernel-like bulblets, or tubers, that form on its roots. Dutchman’s Breeches, at least to the person who named it, resembled pants worn by men in the Netherlands.

6 responses

  1. Hi Mary. In what kind of habitat might one find these 2 lovelies?

    April 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    • I’ve usually found them in rich, deciduous woods — beech/maple often. Blue cohosh, trillium, wild ginger and spring beauty are often nearby.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:41 pm

  2. Rita St Germain

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    April 18, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    • You couldn’t have said anything nicer, or made me feel any better than you just did! Thank you, Rita.

      April 22, 2012 at 12:47 am

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