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Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’

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Similar to the classic species, Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba' has white, pendant, flowers in late spring / early summer. Leaves are mid green in colour.

I 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 deep containers.

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Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’ | 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 'Alba' 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 ‘Alba’

Common names

White bleeding heart, Lady in a boat, Chinaman's breeches


Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’ (White bleeding heart). Arching sprays of heart-shaped, pure white flowers appear in late spring and mid-summer, with deeply cut, light green fern-like foliage.


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

Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

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  • 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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