Dicentra spectabilis


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Lamprocapnos spectabilis

Formerly known as Dicentra 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 grow Lamprocapnos 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

Shade type: Damp

Hardiness: Hardy

Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant care: Needs regular watering in pots

Flowering Period: April – June

Lamprocapnos spectabilis and wildlife

Lamprocapnos spectabilis has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Lamprocapnos spectabilis poisonous?

Lamprocapnos spectabilis can be toxic.