Dicentra 'Alba'
Dicentra 'Alba'
Dicentra 'Alba'
Dicentra 'Alba'
Dicentra 'Alba'
Dicentra 'Alba'
Dicentra 'Alba'
Dicentra 'Alba'

Dicentra 'Alba'

"Lady in the bath"

Dicentra '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 'Alba', commonly known as lady in the bath or white bleeding hearts. 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, the lovely Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba' 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."

Dicentra spectabilis was first introduced to England in 1816 and, unfortunately, was lost, but was reintroduced in 1846 by the Scottish botanist Robert Fortune.

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

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Alba'

  • Flower colour

    White

  • Rhizome size

    2/3

  • Established height

    70cm-1m

  • Established spread

    50-70cm

  • Plant spacing

    9 rhizomes per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • 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

Useful information

    • Soak the Dicentra 'Alba' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting

    • Plant your "Lady in the bath" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed. Some varieties are a length of root which should be planted lengthways and shallowly (1-2cm deep).

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed until 29 February 2025
    You can expect your order in February/March 2025

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2025
    You can expect your order in March/April 2025

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2025
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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