Formerly known as Dicentra, and commonly known as Bleeding Heart, Lamprocapnos spectabilis is a classic cottage-garden and edge-of-woodland plant. Instantly recognisable with its dainty, bobbing hearts all in an arching line, this is the white variety, and far prettier than the standard pink in our opinion.
One of the earliest perennials to flower, and with its fresh green, divided leaves and arching sprays of those pendent flowers, it is an elegant plant, great for illuminating a woodland margin or dull corner. To maintain interest, combine with summer plants as the foliage dies back after flowering.
Lamprocapnos is a rhizomatous perennial that gradually spreads to form a clump. It likes a cool, moist spot in partial shade, although it tolerates full sun as long as it doesn't dry out.
A recipient of the RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit), for all round excellence in the garden.
Pot size: 3L
Common Name: White Bleeding Heart
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Height and Spread: 90cm x 45cm, over up to 5 years
Preferred Soil Type: Any fertile moist but well-drained or poorly drained soil, except heavy
Aspect: North, west or east facing
Position: Partial shade or full sun, sheltered
Flowering Period: April – May
Care: Apply fertiliser in March; mulch during winter; divide after flowers die down or in early spring
Note: All parts cause stomach ache if ingested, the foliage may aggravate skin allergies.