Lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Alba'

bleeding heart (syn. Dicentra spectabilis Alba)

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9cm pot £6.99
available to order from late summer
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Buy Lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Alba' bleeding heart (syn. Dicentra spectabilis Alba): Arching sprays of delicate, heart-shaped white 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, preferably neutral to slightly alkaline
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: April to May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Arching sprays of dainty, pure white, heart-shaped flowers appear in late spring above fern-like, fresh green leaves. Easy to grow, this elegant dicentra is ideal for illuminating a woodland garden or as part of a cottage garden scheme. As long as the ground is kept moist, it will thrive in full sun or partial shade.

    Dicentras are northern hemisphere plants, growing from Asia to North America. In their natural habitat they are found in moist soils in the cool margins of woodlands. This dicentra was first introduced in 1816, then disappeared from cultivation but was reintroduced by plant collector Robert Fortune in 1846. It soon became one of the most popular garden plants. It is one of the earliest perennials into flower, but the foliage does start to die back after flowering, so it is best mixed amongst summer flowers, which can then maintain interest in the border.

  • Garden care: Dicentras are happy in any good garden soil that's fertile but not too heavy. Enrich the soil with plenty of leaf mould before planting and apply a mulch in autumn too. A light fertilising in March will help enormously.

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Notes on Lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Alba'

"The gleaming white form, with large, heart-shaped lockets suspended on arching green stems -framed by light-green foliage"

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I would buy again


Crocus are a great place to order your plants from, never been disappointed and great Customer service




yes I would buy again


after 3 weeks beautiful little plants and 4 have flowers growing already they are in a Conservatory




Beautiful plant


Bought for my daughter in France, where it is thriving. I have bought other plants for the garden around the block of flats where I live and they are all settling down nicely.


Plant in Normandy


Very good plant


Bought for my daughter in France where it is thriving


Plant in Normandy


Good addition to the garden


A good addition to any garden. Grown really well in its first year

jane the gardener



Beautiful plant


Really beautiful plant, a valuable addition to my garden. Plant arrived well packaged and ready for planting. It was very healthy and established really quickly.




A touch of delicate colour just when you need it most.


I have planted this under shade between upright logs left for Beatles to hide in. The logs are different heights and the flowers soften it in the style of a rockery. I will add small ferns as it develops.

Weed warrior



Love this


This will be year 4 (I think) and it has been brilliant. The first thing I noticed was how beautiful the plant was when it arrived and an excellent size. Every year it pops up before all the other plants and brightens up a reasonable shady spot. When the growth first starts you need to protect it from those pesky slugs. Once it gets going it is self sufficient and gorgeous!




Lamprocapnos spectabilis Alba

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We have a Dicentra spectabilis Alba which we purchased at the end of the flowering season. It is in a pot in a fairly sunny spot. Each year it grows into a lovely plant but so far has never flowered. What are we doing wrong?


Hello, There are a number of reasons why plants don't flower including too much shade or not enough water or nutrients. 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 buds, but given time and the right conditions, there is no reason why it wont flower. You can often give them a bit of a push by feeding during the growing season with a high potash fertiliser.


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.


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