Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba'
accepted name: Lamprocapnos spectabilis
50 - 60 cm
June - July
sun - partial shade
fertile, humus rich, well drained, fairly moist
neutral - alkaline
the species is native to 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).
A medium sized plant that needs support. It was recently moved to a new genus, Lamprocapnos, of which it is the only species.