While some of the pictures are not so great, I did manage to get a few good ones.
Later today I will be planting more but in another area on the edge of the Woods…Next spring, if all goes well I shall see more beauties in another area. Meanwhile I pour over the seed and plant catalogues and drool…
The queen bumblebee with her long tongue is the most likely pollinator of this plant. She emerges from the ground in early Spring to begin her egg laying. Her worker bees will pollinate and obtain nutrients from other species of plants that have a longer life cycle. One queen bee gaining sustenance from and subsequently pollinating a few Dutchman's Breeches when no other flower is yet available will give rise to an entire colony of bees to pollinate the spring and summer fruits and vegetables.
The seeds of Dutchman's Breeches are spread by ants. In Patuxent (an old growth forest area in Maryland), Appalachian mound ants are common, as are Dutchman's Breeches. On a walk today (late April) most of the Dutchman's Breeches were already going to seed, and the ant mounds were almost visibly growing. Neat timing, huh?
YA think these “Breeches” are new Spring clothes for the Fairies?