Mar 30, 2011
Dutchman’s Breeches Bloom For Spring
Written under: Human Interest
If you’re a turkey hunter, then you’ll definitely be able to see now the pinkish-white flowers of Dutchman’s breeches blooming inside the Siouxland’s forest floor this April.
It’s really beautiful, but many see this delicate flower as a pest plant in many pastures. Simply because it is poisonous to cattle and horses.
When eaten, it causes them to make a staggering gait, thus the nick name, staggerweed. However, the ingestion of it is rarely fatal.
And in fact, some Native Americans consider it an herbal medicine, even a love potion.
So the next time you see these breeches, take a moment to look at them but don’t pick the flower, because it almost immediately wilts once you separate it from the plant.