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Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba'

Bleeding heart

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






Skill level


Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba'

Plant details

Alba' has pure white heart-shaped flowers - these dangle enticingly from the arching flower stems of this delightful plant in late spring and early summer. It has been given an Award of Garden Merit (AGM), which is for plants of outstanding excellence. Although it grows in light shade and looks good growing in clumps among shrubs, it often does even better in a sunny border provided the soil stays sufficiently moist. Clumps of dicentra remain compact for many years and do not need dividing because they have brittle roots and don't like disturbance - instead, try taking root cuttings in spring.

Family: Papaveraceae

Genus: Dicentra

Species: spectabilis

Cultivar: Alba

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 120cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

Reader reviews


I grow the bleeding heart from seeds each year. I have two wonderful 7year plants in my rockery in my back garden. Regards Old Greenfingers.


i love these plants.. i do find they prefer dappled to shade rather than full sun in my garden. they are so elegant and gracefull.. have many of them in my garden and they put on super display.

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