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Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding heart)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.2m
Max height
0.45m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Lamprocapnos spectabilis

Other names

Bleeding heart, Showy bleeding heart, Dutchman's breeches, Chinaman's breeches, Locks and keys, Lyre flower, Seal flower, Old-fashioned bleeding heart, Dicentra spectabilis

Genus

Lamprocapnos Lamprocapnos

Species

L. spectabilis - L. spectabilis is a clump-forming perennial with divided, mid-green leaves and arching stems bearing racemes of rose-pink and white flowers in late spring and early summer.


Lamprocapnos spectabilis is: Deciduous

Habit

Arching, Branching, Bushy, Spreading

Toxicity

Careful: All parts cause severe discomfort if eaten.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Pink, White in Spring; White, Pink in Summer

Foliage

Mid-green in Spring; Mid-green in Summer; Mid-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs Slugs

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

Cut back to the base in late autumn.

Propagation methods

Division, Root cuttings


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Where to grow

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding heart) will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 0.45m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Underplanting, Cottage/Informal

Cultivation

Plant in moist, fertile, humus-rich soil. Best in neutral or slightly alkaline soil, in part shade. Will tolerate a sunny site if the soil is keep consistently moist.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moisture-retentive, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

North, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Lamprocapnos spectabilis

Other names

Bleeding heart, Showy bleeding heart, Dutchman's breeches, Chinaman's breeches, Locks and keys, Lyre flower, Seal flower, Old-fashioned bleeding heart, Dicentra spectabilis

Genus

Lamprocapnos Lamprocapnos

Species

L. spectabilis - L. spectabilis is a clump-forming perennial with divided, mid-green leaves and arching stems bearing racemes of rose-pink and white flowers in late spring and early summer.

Native to

China, Japan, Siberia

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Arching, Branching, Bushy, Spreading

Toxicity

Careful: All parts cause severe discomfort if eaten.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Pink, White in Spring; White, Pink in Summer

Foliage

Mid-green in Spring; Mid-green in Summer; Mid-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

Cut back to the base in late autumn.

Propagation methods

Division, Root cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding heart) will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 0.45m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Underplanting, Cottage/Informal

Cultivation

Plant in moist, fertile, humus-rich soil. Best in neutral or slightly alkaline soil, in part shade. Will tolerate a sunny site if the soil is keep consistently moist.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moisture-retentive, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

North, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

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Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding heart)

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Dicentra spectabilis

coeur de Marie/mai 2012 (03/09/2012)

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