Dicentra 'Cupid'
Dicentra 'Cupid'
Dicentra 'Cupid'
Dicentra 'Cupid'
Dicentra 'Cupid'
Dicentra 'Cupid'

Dicentra 'Cupid'

"Pale-pink bleeding heart"

Dicentra 'Cupid'

1 bare root — £2.98

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You can expect your order in March 2024

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You'll be sure to fall in love with Dicentra 'Cupid'—featuring plump and pillowy heart-shaped flowers in the dreamiest pale pink, nodding on arching stems, this little cherub is worthy of a place in any gardener's heart. More compact in height than other Dicentra varieties, the deeply divided, feathery foliage will create a neat little mound that will look cute in containers—or equally adorable at the front of your borders and beds.

Like all Dicentras, 'Cupid' favours a lightly shaded spot, or dappled sunshine. Pop it in the right spot, with a reasonably rich, and moist but well-drained soil—and this herbaceous perennial will return year upon year for a luscious late-spring display. The delicate beauty of Dicentra 'Cupid's flowers will bring the perfect finishing touch to late-spring bouquets, so if you grow cut flowers then you’ll definitely want to find space in your flower patch for this little looker, too.

You can read more about Dicentra spectabilis 'Cupid' on the blog of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), written by Graham Rice.

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

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

  • Slug & snail repellent

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Lamprocapnos spectalbilis 'Cupid'

  • Flower colour


  • Plant size


  • Established height


  • Established spread


  • Plant spacing

    9 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour


  • Habit


  • Life cycle


  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1-2 years

  • Sunlight

    Full shade
    Partial shade
    Dappled shade

  • Position


  • Suitable for

    Large containers
    Woodland gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity


  • Soil moisture


  • Soil type

    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented


  • Pollinator-friendly


  • Mouse resistant


  • Rabbit resistant


  • Deer resistant


  • Toxicity

    Harmful if eaten
    Skin/eyes irritant

Plant calendar

  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Dicentra 'Cupid' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "Pale-pink bleeding heart" 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.

    • 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 before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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