|Dutchman airing out his pantaloons in my house|
|Dutchman breeches in Native Habitat|
From the Isabella Conservation District Blog: The flowers of Dutchman's Breeches are suspended above the leaves on a long stalk. Each stalk may support several flowers. The twin-spurred white and yellow flowers resemble pairs of pantaloons hanging by their legs, hence the name Dutchman's Breeches. Each flower stalk may rise to a total height of 4 to 12 inches. The flowers are pollinated mainly by bumble bees.Dutchman's Breeches are one of several spring ephemeral wildflowers that bloom while the canopy is open in the woods near our home. I love the name, how they look, and that they are another signal of spring's progress.
Today I knit the first of five. Eventually, they'll hang in their not-so-ephemeral row.