This is a post from my old blog. I will be transferring all my old favorites to this one eventually.
As flowers are scarce right now, I thought I would share the Dutchman's breeches found on a walk near Bull Run in Manassas, back in April 2015
As you may have guessed, it is a species of Bleeding-Hearts (Dicentra). They are also known as Dutchman's britches, Snowboys, Soldier cap, White hearts, Eardrops, Monks head, Butterfly banners, Kitten breeches, Bachelors breeches, Little boys breeches and Staggerweed. It's botanical name is Dicentra cucullaria.
It is a perennial herb that regrows year after year, and is native to the woods of eastern North America. It gets its name from the shape of its flower petals. They form an upside-down "V" which resembles a pair of pants, or "britches". Dutchman's breeches blooms in early spring, attracting bees and other pollinators. It goes dormant towards the end of summer.
At the time I made a collage of all the other flowers from that walk, names below.
Bottom row, left to right: Redbuds (as above link), Virginia Bluebells, Purple Violet (as above link)