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Dicentra cucullaria

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Dutchman's breeches
Categories:
Native Plants, Poisonous Plants, Wildflowers
Comment:

Roots have creamy white bulblets; tends to be short-lived

Description:
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.
Season:
Spring
Height:
5-12 in.
Foliage:
3-6 in. compound, long-stalked, grayish green leaves; stand upright; deeply cut leaflets; fernlike
Flower:
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
Site:
Rich woods
Poison Part:
All parts.
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion, dermatitis.
Symptoms:
Trembling, staggering, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, labored breathing. Skin irritation after repeated contact with the cell sap.
Toxic Principle:
Several isoquinolone alkaloids.
Severity:
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:
Perennial

NCCES plant id: 2553

Dicentra cucullaria Dicentra cucullaria
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