Dicentra formosa 'Bacchanal'

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Buy Dicentra formosa 'Bacchanal' bleeding heart: A compact variety, with deep crimson, heart-shaped flowers

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

    • Position: full sun or partial shade
    • Soil: moist, humus-rich rich, preferably neutral to slightly alkaline
    • Rate of growth: average
    • Flowering period: April to May
    • Hardiness: fully hardy

      This vibrant, compact variety of bleeding heart produces a profusion of deep crimson, heart-shaped flowers from late spring to early summer above feathery, grey-green leaves. The flowers can grow up to 2.5cm long and dangle enticingly from the arching stems. Easy to grow, it looks fabulous planted in groups towards the front of a shady border. As long as the ground is kept moist it will thrive in full sun or partial shade.

    • Garden care: Lift and divide large clumps in late autumn when the leaves have died down, or in early spring before the new growth appears, taking care not to damage the fragile roots.

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Why is my Dicentra not flowering? I have 2 Bleeding Hearts (Dicentra) - the pink is great and flowering well - situated in sun / partial shade. The white flowering variety is a lovely green bush - but no flowers this year or last year - situated at the other end of the bed. Any suggestions please? Sarah

Hello Sarah, There are a number of reasons why plants don't flower including too much shade or not enough water or nutrients. If they are newly planted it can also be caused by the plant putting on new root growth instead of focusing its energies on producing flowers. I am not really sure why yours has not produced flowers, but there is no reason why it wont if given the right conditions and you can often give them a bit of a push by feeding with a high potash fertiliser. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Dicentra I have two beautiful, huge Dicentras - one white, one pink - next to each other in a border. The problem is that they kill everything that I plant near them, just because of their size. By this time of year, now that they have both died back, I have a big empty patch in the border. Can you suggest anything that will not mind being climbed all over in the summer and that will be coming into its own at this time of year?

Jo Fantozzi

This is tricky, but you could underplant them with Cyclamen hederifolium. These pop up in autumn and flower through to January before dying back again for the summer. Just click on the following link to go straight to them. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/alpines/cyclamen-hederifolium-/classid.1075/


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