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Dicentra spectabilis

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An exquisite plant, Dicentra spectabilis has lovely red heart-shaped flowers with white tips which trail from arching flower stems in late spring. Leaves are mid green in colour.

The plant grows well in either full sun or light dappled shade and generally enjoys a moist soil. They do not enjoy having disturbed roots and so once planted should be left alone.

Young plants may require staking in windy gardens.

Supplied Size: 3L containers

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Dicentra spectabilis | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or partial shade.
Soil: Moist, fertile soil.
Hardiness: Hardy.
Flowering Period: April - May
Rate of Growth: Moderate.
Habit: Dicentra spectabilis grows to be a clump forming perennial with arching flower stems.
Height: 60 cm (2 ft)
Spread: 40 cm (1 ½ ft)

Plant Finder: about Dicentra spectabilis

Common names

Bleeding heart, Chinaman's breeches, Ladies locket, Lyre flower, Lady in a boat, Bleeding heart


Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding heart). This is an arching bushy deciduous perennial clump. It will produce fern-like, mid green foliage. In mid spring racemes of pink, purple, white heart-shaped flowers will bloom on arching stems. The white inner petals of the flowers will extend from the outer petals giving the appearance of a bleeding heart.


It is short-lived in mild climates and the foliage will die back by midsummer. You will need to grow in humus-rich, moist but well drained soil.

Interest and use

Rock garden, border, wall or trellis, ground cover. Spring/Summer interest.

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Dicentra spectabilis | Wellington, Somerset, TA21 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium, Rich, Sandy, Loamy
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
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