Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba'
Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba'
Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba'
Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba'
Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba'
Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba'
Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba'
Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba'

Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba'

"Lady in the bath"

Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba'

1 bare root — £5.95

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Description

Glamorise the shadier parts of your garden with pearly-white pendant blooms of Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba', commonly known as 'Lady in the Bath' or 'White Bleeding Heart'. Unlike the classic pink-flowered variety, this one flaunts pure, simple and chic white blooms, though still romantically heart shaped and pendulous on casually arching stems. Fresh and luscious looks make this perfect for a dull or shady spot which could do with a highlight.

Although Dicentra is best known as 'Bleeding Heart', the white variety has also been known unofficially as 'Lady in the Bath' - interestingly, if you turn the heart-shaped flowers upside down they look a little like a lady sitting in a bathtub washing her hair! With such intriguing details which never fail to make you stop and take a closer look, this lovely plant makes for a sweet little addition to any cool and shaded part of the garden.

Gracy knows:
"Dicentra spectabilis
has recently changed its official botanical name to Lamprocapnos spectabilis."

Key features

  • Comes back every year

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Great for shade

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

  • Slug & snail repellent

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Alba'

  • Flower colour

    White

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Rhizome size

    2/3

  • Established height

    70cm-1m

  • Established spread

    50-70cm

  • Plant spacing

    9 rhizomes per m2

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1-2 years

  • Sunlight

    Full shade
    Partial shade
    Dappled shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Large containers
    Borders
    Woodland gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Damp

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Clay
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • RHS Award (AGM)

    Yes

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    Harmful if eaten
    Skin/eyes irritant

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Other information

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2023
    You can expect your order in March 2023

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2023
    You can expect your order in April 2023

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2023
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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