Dicentra spectabilis
Dicentra spectabilis
Dicentra spectabilis
Dicentra spectabilis
Dicentra spectabilis
Dicentra spectabilis
Dicentra spectabilis
Dicentra spectabilis

Dicentra spectabilis

"Bleeding heart"

Dicentra spectabilis

1 bare root — £2.98

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Description

If you have partially shaded part of the garden with a damp soil, there are few plants better for happily settling themselves into it than Dicentra spectabilis, also known as bleeding heart. This distinctive plant is a classic and has long-been adored by gardeners as a fail-safe, go-to option for bringing a splash of colour to what could otherwise be a dull spot. Thanks to shade and moisture-loving goodies like this, you can spruce up the space with a generous patch of luscious greenery, topped off with effortlessly graceful arching stems, lavished with pretty pink pendant hearts!

If you're looking for something low maintenance a reliable to pad out a planting scheme in conditions with lower light levels, such as an enclosed or small urban garden or perhaps a woodland area in a larger garden, Dicentra spectabilis or bleeding heart will fill the role and flounce into action with a beautiful display from late spring through to summer!

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

Bleeding hearts are naturally fire-resistant, which helps along in very dry climates.

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

  • Flower colour

    Pink

  • 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

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  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

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

    • Plant your "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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