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White Bleeding Heart

Lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Alba'

Also known as

Bleeding Heart 'Alba'

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (3511522127) by Serge Melki (CC BY 2.0)

Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A close up of a green Lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Alba' plant with white flowers
Lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Alba'
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White Bleeding Heart Overview

Lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Alba' is a clump-forming perennial that forms a mound of foliage from which arching stems bearing white heart-shaped flowers emerge in spring and early summer. Its leaves are light green and divided. It likes damp but well-drained soil (alkaline-neutral rather than acid) and a sheltered position in partial shade (full sun can be tolerated as long as the soil doesn't dry out). A low maintenance plant, it is often seen in mixed or cottage-style borders, and it can be used as a cut flower. Now called Lamprocapnos spectabilis, it was reclassified in the 1990s from Dicentra to Lamprocapnos, but it is still widely referred to by its historic genus name - Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba'. Commonly known as 'White Bleeding Heart', Lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Alba' has earned a coveted 'RHS Award of Garden Merit'.

How to propagate White Bleeding Heart


Root cuttings in winter.


In early spring or when the leaves have died down.

Special features of White Bleeding Heart

Attractive flowers

Wet sites