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Dicentra spectabilis

Bleeding heart

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Features

  • BloomsApril to August
  • Height0.6m to 1.4m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.6m
  • Growth HabitArching bushy
  • Flower ColourPurplely pink and white
  • Leaf ColourGrey-green shades

Description

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.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Fragrant

Origin

Japan, China and Korea

Interest and use

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

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium, Rich, Sandy, Loamy
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

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.

Propagation

You can propagate by division when dormant in late winter.

Pests, diseases or disorders

If plant is ingested it could hurt the stomach. Slugs may cause damage

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