Definition of Dutchman's breeches in English:

Dutchman's breeches


North American
  • A plant related to bleeding heart, but typically having pale yellow flowers.

    Genus Dicentra, family Fumariaceae: several species, in particular D. spectabilis

    • ‘This triggers the appearance of a number of wildflowers: trillium, phlox, trout lily, Dutchman's breeches, violets, wild strawberries and many more.’
    • ‘Many of our loveliest spring wildflowers - trillium, wild ginger, Dutchman's breeches, and hepatica among them - simply can't compete.’
    • ‘Among them are Dutchman's breeches, spring-beauty, and various species of toothwort, trillium, and violet.’
    • ‘Surf and turf Daytrip by boat to the 600-acre Indian Lake State Park, where you can jog the three-mile brushy Cherokee Trail past wildflowers like Dutchman's breeches and bloodroot.’
    • ‘Over at the moist edge of our woods, there's snowy-bloomed bloodroot; on the opposite side, white-winged Dutchman's breeches.’


Mid 19th century so named because of the shape of the spurred flower.