Dutchman's Breeches  Dicentra cucullaria
Fumariaceae or Fumitory Family

(c) Ruth Babylon
Low, mounding plant with odd flowers shaped like inflated pairs of pants dangling from arching stems.  The flowers are white above, with yellow at the bottom.  Leaves highly dissected into many tiny leaflets.  Blooms in early to mid-spring.

Very common on the western slope of the Park, especially along the trail, where it can nearly cover the hillside.

Almost unmistakeable.  Squirrel corn (Dicentra canadensis) is similar, but the flowers are not inflated and are shaped more like white hearts than pants.  It has not been reported from Wildwood.

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