Bleeding heart

Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba'

Bleeding heart - Dicentra spectabilis  'Alba'

Common Name: Bleeding heart
Genus: Dicentra
Species: spectabilis
Cultivar: 'Alba'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: April & May

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Clay/Heavy
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Arching sprays of dainty pure white heart-shaped flowers appear in late spring above fern-like, fresh green leaves. Easy to grow this elegant Dicentra is ideal for illuminating a woodland garden or as part of a cottage garden scheme. As long as the ground is kept moist it will thrive in full sun or partial shade. 


Dicentras are northern hemisphere plants growing from Asia to North America. In their natural habitat they are found in moist soils in the cool margins of woodlands. This Dicentra was first introduced in 1816 then disappeared from cultivation but was reintroduced by plant collector Robert Fortune in1846. It soon became one of the most popular garden plants.

  • Garden care:Dicentras are happy in any good garden soil that's fertile but not too heavy. Enrich the soil with plenty of leaf mould before planting and apply a mulch in autumn too. A light fertilising in March will help enormously.




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