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Herbaceous PerennialSynonym

Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba'
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white bleeding heart

A clump-forming perennial to about 1m tall, producing a mound of fleshy divided, pale green leaves to 40cm long, with cut or lobed leaflets. Heart-shaped, white flowers hang from arching succulent stems in late spring or early summer

Synonyms
Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba'
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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Poorly–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Green
Summer White Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

North–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Papaveraceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Potentially harmful
All parts cause stomach ache if ingested, the foliage may aggravate skin allergies. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

Lamprocapnos are rhizomatous perennials with attractively divided leaves and pendent, heart-shaped flowers

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moist, fertile, humus-rich soil, preferably neutral or slightly alkaline; site in partial shade although will tolerate sun if the soil is moist; suits a woodland garden or semi-shaded border

Propagation

Propagate by division in early spring or after the leaves have died down or propagate by root cuttings in winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to slug damage

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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