Occasionally I came upon a precocious spray of Dutchman's-breeches, or wild bleedingheart, hung frailly with delicately transparent shell-like blossoms.
From "Nature-Notes and Impressions" by Madison Cawein
A well-known and popular wildflower, Dutchman's Breeches graces woodland areas with its delicate foliage and dainty flowers beginning in early Spring.
Its distinctive blossoms are V-shaped, resembling upside-down pantaloons, and hang from an upright stalk above the leaves.
Bumblebees, who pollinate this flower, have a tongue long enough to reach the nectar, while honeybees cannot do so and are only able to gather its pollen.
The plant is poisonous and can cause a skin rash.
To 1 foot but typically 6-8 inches
Flower droops from slender, leafless stem held erect above foliage