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Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding Heart, Dicentra)

Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding Heart, Dicentra)
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Type Herbaceous flower, Deciduous, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Spreading arching, Architectural Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Dark pink Flowers (Summer early), Medium green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Dicentra spectabilis - Cultivation Notes

This taller growing Dicentra is a woodland herbaceous perennial that 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 dead foliage and flower stems in the autumn and propagate tired clumps by division and mulch regularly with leaf mould. Beware of seedlings which may not come true to colour - avoid by swiftly dead heading.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Dicentra spectabilis:

  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Tolerates permanently wet soil
  • Suitable for planting in full shade

Weaknesses of Dicentra spectabilis

  • Invasive/spreading root growth
  • Will not tolerate exposed, cold or hot and sunny locations

Design & Plant Use for Dicentra spectabilis:

  • Summer flowering herbaceous plant suitable for border planting
  • Ideal for naturalistic woodland planting

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