Lamprocapnos spectabilis

Scientific name: Lamprocapnos spectabilis

Synonym: Dicentra spectabilis


Common names: “Bleeding heart”

Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial


Zone: 3-9

Light: Shade – deep shade, tolerates sun in moist soil

Exposure: Sheltered from winds

Soil: Fertile, humus rich soil, alkaline – neutral

Moisture: Moist well drained – tolerates poorly drained wet sites as well


Plant Size: 25″-90″ H & W

Leaf and Stem shape: Mound of divided, mid-green foliage

Flower: Heart-shaped, rose-red and white flowers hang from arching stems

Pruning: N/a

Maintenance: Low, cut it back when it dies

Landscape use: Woodland plant,

Propagate: By division in early spring or after dieback, root cuttings and seed

Pests & Disease: None in Victoria

*Deer & rabbit “tolerant”

Comments: ~AGM winner , all parts toxic


L. s. ‘Alba’ – ~AGM winner, white flowers 


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