Dutchmans Breeches

(Dicentra cucullaria) A North American species, whose common name is descriptive of the shape of the flowers (cf Chinaman's Breeches for Bleeding Heart, D spectabilis). It was used in a Menomini Indian love-charm; the young man tries to throw it at the girl he wants, and to hit her with it. Another way was to chew the root, breathing out so that the scent would carry to her. He then circled round the girl, and when she caught the scent, she would follow him wherever he went, even against her will (H H Smith. 1923).

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