Lamprocapnos spectabilis

bleeding heart (syn. Dicentra spectabilis)

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3 × 9cm pots £23.97 £19.99
6 × 9cm pots £47.94 £29.99
9cm pot £7.99
available to order from winter
Quantity 1 Plus Minus
Buy Lamprocapnos spectabilis bleeding heart (syn. Dicentra spectabilis):

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, rose-pink, heart-shaped flowers appear in late spring above fern-like, fresh green leaves. Easy to grow, it looks fabulous planted in groups towards the front of a shady border 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. 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.

    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.

    Garden care: Dicentras are happy in any good garden soil that is 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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The plants were put in a small woodland area of the garden and thrived.

Mower Lady

South Wales


Colourful, robust and easy to grow


Easy to grow, brightly coloured and looks great in the border. Quite bushy and holds it's shape well even after heavy rain.




Happy Buyer


Purchased a tad late in the season to fill a gap. All seems well so far and I'll be keeping an eye on it.




I'm living in hope that it will emerge!


I know Lamprocapnos disappear overwinter so I am looking forward to its return in the Spring. It's a bit early to be writing a review.

Just me

West Midlands



Healthy plant, thrived once planted out. Surprisingly hardy.

Debbie L



Possibly my favourite plant


Flowers for a very long time - looks very delicate but seems to be able to cope with any weather.


East Sussex


Beautiful healthy plants


I planted these in semi shade in my garden. And was rewarded with arching steps of flowers that really added colour and architecture to the boarder.


West London



5.0 7


I have recently created a small boarder at the junction of two paths have planted three Acanthus Mollis and was wondering if these would be good to give some height with spring bulbs and geraniums before the Acanthus puts on to much growth?

The Gardeners Boy

Hello, These will certainly offer early colour, but as the Acanthus is pretty vigorous, I would avoid planting anything too closely as it will easily get swamped.


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