Dicentra spectabilis

accepted name: Lamprocapnos spectabilis

Bleeding Heart



70 - 80 cm

Flower colour

pink and white

Flowering time

June - July

Foliage colour



sun - partial shade


fertile, humus rich, well drained, fairly moist


neutral - alkaline



Plant range

Siberia, N-China, Korea and Japan

Dicentra, is a small genus in the poppy family, Papaveraceae with 8 species native to N-America and E-Asia. They have finely divided leaves and irregularly shaped flowers, often heart shaped. They grow in sun or semi-shade in fertile soil. A few species formerly classified in the Dicentra genus have been moved to four other genera, among them is Dicentra spectabilis, which is now the only species in the genus Lamprocapnos.


Division in spring.

Seed - needs cold stratification, best sown in September - November.

Seed just covered and stored at 20°C (68°F) for 2-4 weeks and then moved outside until germination. Germination can be slow, seed may germinate the following year so it's important not to discard the seed prematurely. Optimum germination temperature is 5-12°C (40-55°F).

Tall plant that needs support. It was recently moved to a new genus, Lamprocapnos and is the only species in that genus.

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