Squirrel Corn (Dicenta)

Dutchman’s Breeches, Turkey-corn, Pacific Bleeding-heart,
Few-flowered Bleeding-heart, Komakusa, Steer’s-head


Squirrel-CornSquirrel Corn

A perennial herbaceous plant in the fumitory family with small yellow clustered bulb-lets, smooth finely dissected leaves, that are blue grey and fern like in appearance and dainty white heart-shaped flowers, broad hearts; pinkish-white, sometimes tinged with pale lavender; and fragrant. The overall height is 6-10 in.

A native to eastern North America deciduous woodlands.

Conditions of Poisoning:
Ingestion, Skin contact

Toxic Principle:

Clinical Symptoms:
Reactions to ingestion of this plant can include both gastrointestinal and cardiac effects. The gastrointestinal effects can consist of nausea and vomiting, excess salivation, abdominal pain, diarrhea that may or may not contain blood, and especially in horses, colic. Cardiac reactions consist of irregular heart rate, sometimes characterized by a racing heart at first that then slows to below normal further along in the reaction. The heart may also beat erratically with no sign of a specific rhythm. Extremities may become pale and cold due to poor or irregular circulation. Reactions to poisonings from this plant can also affect the central nervous system. These symptoms can include drowsiness, tremors or shaking of the muscles, seizures, collapse, and even coma that can lead to death.

Oleander sap can cause skin irritations, severe eye inflammation and irritation, and allergic reactions characterized by dermatitis.


 Lone Star English Setter Club provides this information
as a partial reference of the potential poisons that could harm your dog.
We are not veterinarian’s and DO NOT provide medical help.

 If you think that your animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance,
contact your local veterinarian or
the ASPCA’s 24-hour emergency poisoning hotline directly