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Lamprocapnos spectabilis Formerly known as
Formerly known asDicentra spectablilis, bleeding heart, Lamprocapnos spectabilis, is a Chinese plant bearing pink-red, heart-shaped flowers with white tips, which hang from arching flower stems in late spring to early summer. Although it grows in light shade and looks good growing in clumps amongst shrubs, it often does even better in a sunny border, provided the soil stays sufficiently moist.
Clumps of Lamprocapnos spectabilis remain compact for many years and do not need dividing, fortunately, because they have brittle roots and do not like disturbance – instead, try taking root cuttings in spring. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
How to growLamprocapnos spectabilis
Plant size:60cm height 45cm spread
Aspect:North facing, south facing, east facing, west facing
Position in border:Front, middle
Sun exposure:Dappled shade, full sun, partial shade
Soil type:Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy
Plant care:Needs regular watering in pots
Flowering Period:April – June
Lamprocapnosspectabilis and wildlife
Lamprocapnosspectabilis has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.
IsLamprocapnos spectabilis poisonous?
Lamprocapnosspectabilis can be toxic.