Dicentra cucullaria gets its common name, Dutchman's breeches
, because its flowers look like a pair of white knickers hanging out to dry.
Wildflowers such as trillium, trout lilies, and Dutchman's breeches
emerge from the forest floor.
At one time, a rich woods existed on Cayuga island, in addition to the marsh, where Dogtooth Violet, Dutchman's Breeches
, Squirrel Corn, and Spice bush grew.
With only the slightest mention of the trouble the children want to leave behind (one line: "the harsher sounds of home"), the poem enters the forest, beautiful with its "miniature petalled world" of star-like trillium and Dutchman's breeches
. Here the children are more purposeful than Hansel and Gretel ever were: they work both at dismantling old fieldstone walls and at building for themselves the "actual walls" they need--a kind of "thicker / second skin." Without painting a visual image of her younger self and the brother beside her in that fort they built, Bliumis-Dunn reenters the moment by feeling her way home to the long-ago sensation of those cool fieldstones against the back.
, Elephant's ear, Hydrangea, Jack-in-the-pulpit, Jasmine, Jimsonweed, Larkspur (Delphinium), Laurel, Lily of the valley, Mescal bean, Mushrooms, Nightshades, Philodrendron, Poinsettia, Prunus species, Tobacco, Yellow jasmine, Yews Taxus species.
But she found, among others, "Dutchman's Breeches
", the funny little white flower that looks like long underwear hanging upside down, and cut-leaved toothwort.
Bright accents fill the woods: the trout lily's yellow, bloodroot's and Dutchman's breeches
' white, violets' purple, and the spring beauties' delicate candy stripes.
plant has buttercup plant has a cup, 45.
This triggers the appearance of a number of wildflowers: trillium, phlox, trout lily, Dutchman's breeches
, violets, wild strawberries and many more.
trilliums, flame azaleas, Dutchman's breeches
, mayapples, trout lilies..."
Many of our loveliest spring wildflowers--trillium, wild ginger, Dutchman's breeches
, and hepatica among them--simply can't compete.
Calla Lily Lily of the Valley Iris Pansy Jack in the Pulpit Dutchman's Breeches