Dutchman's Breeches, Asian Bleeding-Heart
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Lamprocapnos spectabilis is a low maintenance plant that forms a mound of foliage and arching stems bearing heart-shaped flowers in spring and early summer. This perennial was reclassified in the 1990's from Dicentra to Lamprocapnos, but it is still widely referred to by this historic genus name. This species produces attractive heart-shaped flowers in a range of colours including red, pink, white, yellow and black.
Generally not harvested but flowers can be taken as required for floral arrrangements.
Divide in early spring or after the leaves have died back.
Sow seed when ripe of in spring.
Take root cuttings in winter.
Can be used as underplanting for roses and shrubs that will give this plant the shade it prefers during the summer months.
Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Chalk, Clay, Loam
Soil PH preference
Red, Yellow, Black, White, Pink
Slugs and snails can attack emerging foliage.