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Bleeding Heart in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Lamprocapnos spectabilis syn. Dicentra spectabilis

 

Bleeding Heart

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (formerly Dicentra spectabilis) is a clump forming plant with mid green fern-like leaves. They bear heart shaped flowers on bending stems which can be a deep pink/red and white or pure white in colour. Bleeding Hearts produce their blooms in late spring or early summer, after which they may die back entirely, and remain dormant until the following spring.

 
plant Features
  • Bleeding Heart likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Bleeding Heart likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Bleeding Heart is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Bleeding Heart likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

 
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plant information

Common name

Bleeding Heart

Latin name

Lamprocapnos spectabilis syn. Dicentra spectabilis

type

Herbaceous Perennials

family

Papaveraceae

ph

6.5 - 8.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Bleeding Heart likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Bleeding Heart is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Bleeding Heart likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

  • Water

    Bleeding Heart likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Bleeding Heart is 0.60meters x 0.70meters 0.60 M 0.70 M

Lamprocapnos spectabilis syn. Dicentra spectabilis

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (formerly Dicentra spectabilis) is a clump forming plant with mid green fern-like leaves. They bear heart shaped flowers on bending stems which can be a deep pink/red and white or pure white in colour. Bleeding Hearts produce their blooms in late spring or early summer, after which they may die back entirely, and remain dormant until the following spring.


Planting Outdoors

From Mid Spring TO Late Spring

Plant container grown plants in spring. They thrive in moist, humusy rich, well-drained soil in partial to full shade. They will tolerate full sun in cooler climates, provided they are kept moist. These plants will tolerate slightly alkaline soil. When planting, add lots of compost, humus, or peat moss to the soil to enhance its water retention capabilities.

 

Propagation by cuttings

From Late Autumn TO Late Autumn

Dicentra plants can be propagated by 6-8cm root cuttings which are best taken in late autumn. Carefully lift the plant out of the ground, do not to damage its roots. Rinse the roots in water to remove all soil. With a sharp knife, take off 8cm lengths of pencil thin roots. Fill pots with compost to which grit has been added, lay the cuttings, spaced out, on top. Cover with a thin layer of compost. Water well, label pots and place in a in a cold frame or somewhere cool indoors. Replant the parent plant.

 
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