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Dicentra spectabilis - 'Alba' (Bleeding Heart, Dicentra)

Dicentra spectabilis - 'Alba' (Bleeding Heart, Dicentra)
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Type Herbaceous flower, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Ground-Hugging Rounded Clump
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Red Flowers (Spring), Medium green Foliage
Care Medium - high
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Dicentra spectabilis - Cultivation Notes

This low growing herbaceous perennial prefers being located in a sheltered spot in dappled shade. Plant in a moist humus rich soil. Cut back in dead foliage and flowers in autumn, propagate tired clumps by division and mulch regularly.This low growing woodland herbaceous perennial prefers being located in a sheltered spot in dappled shade. Plant in a moist humus rich garden soil that is neutral or alkaline. Cut back in dead foliage and flowers in autumn, propagate tired clumps by division and mulch regularly. Beware of seedlings which may not come true to colour - avoid by swiftly dead heading.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Dicentra spectabilis:

  • Tolerates permanently wet soil

Weaknesses of Dicentra spectabilis

  • Will not tolerate exposed, cold or hot and sunny locations
  • Does not tolerate very dry or very wet soils

Design & Plant Use for Dicentra spectabilis:

  • Winter/early spring flowering herbaceous plant for early colour and extended seasonal interest
  • Ideal for informal cottage garden style planting
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