This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
- Common Name(s):
- Dutchman's breeches
- Native Plants, Poisonous Plants, Wildflowers
Roots have creamy white bulblets; tends to be short-lived
- Perennial, short-stemmed herbs; leaves 2-pinnately divided, the ultimate segments deeply lobed; flowers in an elongated, terminal cluster, each nodding with 2 spurs on the upper side, white or pale to deep pink; fruit a many-seeded capsule.
- 5-12 in.
- 3-6 in. compound, long-stalked, grayish green leaves; stand upright; deeply cut leaflets; fernlike
- White and yellow flowers resembling a pair of pantaloons hang upside down on 5-10 in. nodding stalk; 2 inflated petals form spurs; leafless flowering stalk; flowers are 0.7 in. long
- Rich woods
- Poison Part:
- All parts.
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Ingestion, dermatitis.
- Trembling, staggering, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, labored breathing. Skin irritation after repeated contact with the cell sap.
- Toxic Principle:
- Several isoquinolone alkaloids.
- TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN. SKIN IRRITATION MINOR, OR LASTING ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES.
- Found in:
- Houseplant or interiorscape; forest or natural area, native in rich woods; landscape in flower garden as cultivated herbaceous p
- Life Cycle:
NCCES plant id: 2553