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Attract Pollinators With A Flowering Perennial They Love
If you're looking to add a new perennial to your flower bed, Dutchman's breeches are a great option. They can provide support and benefits to your garden by attracting pollinators.
Scientifically known as Dicentra cucullaria, Dutchman's breeches have recognizable flowers that resemble baggy Dutchman's breeches hanging out on a clothesline.
While in bloom from late April to early May, the flowers' nectar attracts long-tongued honey bees and bumblebees.
These low-maintenance perennials, which can grow to a height of 6 to 12 inches, bloom every year. They should be planted outdoors early in the fall or in the spring.
Dutchman's breeches form from tubers. They should be planted about 2 feet apart and 1 inch below the soil's surface — water them and spread protective mulch throughout.
These flowers have a symbiotic relationship with bees and butterflies. They enhance your garden's ecosystem by ensuring the rest of the plants are tended to by these pollinators.