Dicentra 'Valentine'
Dicentra 'Valentine'
Dicentra 'Valentine'
Dicentra 'Valentine'
Dicentra 'Valentine'
Dicentra 'Valentine'
Dicentra 'Valentine'
Dicentra 'Valentine'
Dicentra 'Valentine'

Dicentra 'Valentine'

"Red bleeding heart"

Dicentra 'Valentine'

1 bare root — £3.98

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Description

Fall in love with Dicentra 'Valentine', a red-hot relative of the cute pastel pink bleeding hearts. This seldom seen version heats up a shaded area with warm, intense colour. Bearing pendulous hearts in passionate red and lacy white, the arching stems and young foliage first emerge an interesting bronze hue, maturing to a tasteful grey-green for truly breath-taking impact. We think Dicentra 'Valentine' would pair well with the similarly-shade loving Aquilegia 'Ruby Port' for a dusky, sultry planting combination.

Dicentra, currently known as Lamprocapnos, are the jewel in the crown of the late spring garden. Favouring full or partial shade, Dicentra spectabilis 'Valentine' are best positioned in a sheltered spot amongst other plants, where their delicate stems can unfurl with characteristic elegance—untroubled by any spring storms or harsh sun rays. Just allow the foliage to die back naturally through summer, and tidy up any leftover stems—ready for another spectacular show next spring.  

Key features

  • Comes back every year

  • Great for shade

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Valentine' ('Hordival'ᴾᴮᴿ)

  • Flower colour

    Red, pink, white

  • Rhizome size

    2/3

  • Established height

    50-70cm

  • Established spread

    30-50cm

  • Plant spacing

    5 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
    Full sun

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Large containers
    Borders
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens
    Coastal gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining
    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 your Dicentra 'Valentine' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "Red 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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