Lamprocapnos spectabilis Valentine (Dicentra)
Lamprocapnos spectabilis Valentine (Dicentra)
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Lamprocapnos spectabilis Valentine (Dicentra)

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Lamprocapnos spectabilis Valentine has great charisma and is instantly recognisable. Numerous deep pink and white flowers are suspended from elegantly arching stems and the distinctively heart-shape form of the petals give this perennial its enigmatic name. Also attractive is the deeply cut foliage, which emerges red and becomes green by mid-summer.

Native to China and Japan, the Lamprocapnos was until quite recently known by another name - Dicentra. It was collected in the 1840s by a plant collector from the RHS and quickly gained popularity in Britain. It is a recipient of the RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit), for all round excellence.


The remarkable flowers on this plant will appear for six week from late spring to early summer, maturing into seed pods, like small green beans containing black seeds, which will drop very quickly.

  • Moist, well drained soil
  • Full shade, partial shade
  • All aspects

After flowering the green foliage will die back quickly meaning it is important to plant consider what is growing nearby to avoid gaps in a border.