Lamprocapnos spectabilis

Lamprocapnos spectabilis

Bleeding heart

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Key Information

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

Height: 60cm

Spread: 45cm

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

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Lamprocapnos spectabilis

Formerly known as Dicentra spectablilis, bleeding heart, Lamprocapnos spectabilis, 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. Although it grows in light shade and looks good growing in clumps amongst shrubs, it often does even better in a sunny border, provided the soil stays sufficiently moist.

Clumps of Lamprocapnos spectabilis remain compact for many years and do not need dividing, fortunately, because they have brittle roots and do not like disturbance – instead, try taking root cuttings in spring. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Shade type: Damp
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front, Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil, Needs regular watering in pots
  • 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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