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Dicentra Cucullaria

Botanical Name:

Dicentra cucullaria

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How to Grow
Water
Medium
Water moderately, allowing the top 3cm to dry out between watering.
Sunlight
Full Shade - Partial Shade - Partial Sun
~
0-3 hours of direct sun per day
Soil
Humus-rich, acid to neutral soils. Tolerates limestone
Characteristics

Bloom Time

Mar, Apr, May

Plant Type

Perennials, Herb/Forb, Native Plant, Poisonous, Wildflower, Herb

Lifespan

Perennial

Plant Height

0-1 ft.

Flower

3/4 inch long white flowers bloom on 5-10 inch long arching leafless stems and resemble upside-down pantaloons. 2 inflated petals form spurs. Blooms March-May.

Fruit

The oval seed capsules taper into points at both ends. These capsules split apart into 2 segments to release many seeds. Fruits appear from May to June.

Benefits
Attracts

Bees

Butterflies

Small Mammals

Songbirds

Warning

POISONOUS PARTS: All parts. Toxic only in large quantities. Causes minor skin irritation when touched, lasting only for a few minutes. Symptoms includes trembling, staggering, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, labored breathing. Skin irritation after repeated contact with the cell sap. Toxic Principle: Several isoquinolone alkaloids. (Poisonous Plants of N.C.)

Taxonomy

Order

Papaverales

Family

Papaveraceae

Genus

Dicentra

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