Lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Alba'

Lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Alba'

Bleeding heart

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Alba'
  • Common name: Bleeding heart
  • Plant type: Perennial
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 1.2m

Spread: 45cm

Flower colour:
  • White
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Flowers

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Lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Alba'

Formerly known as Dicentra spectablilis, bleeding heart is a Chinese plant bearing pink-red, heart-shaped flowers with white tips, which hang from arching flower stems in late spring to early summer.

Lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Alba' has pure white heart-shaped flowers – these dangle enticingly from the arching flower stems in late spring and early summer. 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 Lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Alba' 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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Shade type: Damp
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Take cuttings
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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Irritates skin, Purgative if ingested

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