Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis) in the Bleeding Hearts Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Lamprocapnos spectabilis Accepted
Dicentra spectabilis Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 27 to 39 inches (70-100 cm)
Plant Spread: 20 to 31 inches (50-80 cm)
Leaves: Spring ephemeral
Fruit: Other: Long pod with black seeds. Seeds have white fleshy growths (elaiosomes), which are eaten by ants.
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Showy
Other: 7 to 15 flowers in a cluster
Flower Color: Bi-Color: Pink / White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Toxicity: Other: may cause skin irritation
Propagation: Seeds: Needs specific temperature: The seeds need a period of freezing temperatures.
Depth to plant seed: 0.5 cm (3/16 inch)
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Sow in autumn or winter, or: Sow at 18-22C for 4 weeks, move to minimum -4C for 6 weeks, move to 5-12C for germination.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Root
Division
Other: Divide after flowering
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant

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By Lucichar
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Location: My garden near Lincoln UKDate: 2008-05-21I've had 4 plants in the ground for several years, they increased
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Location: ILDate: 2019-05-21A sign of disease? Only one stem looked like this and I cut it of
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Location: At a nurseryDate: 2012-02-28
By Calif_Sue
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Location: Zone 5bDate: Summer, 2009
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Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar, B.C.Date: 2015-04-21 3:30 pm. Bleeding Hearts - perfect heart shapes.
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Location: my garden, PolandDate: 2017-04-18
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Location: My GardensDate: May 16, 2013Close Shot
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Location: IndianaDate: April 2012Bleeding Heart (Dicentra Spectabilis)
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Location: My GardensDate: April 24, 2009General View Of Blooms
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Location: My GardensDate: April 28, 2011General View
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Location: My GardensDate: May 4, 2011General View
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Date: 2014-05-07
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Location: Howick Hall garden, Northumberland, UKDate: 2015-03-21
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Location: ILDate: 2010-04-27
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Location: Athol, MADate: 2017-06-25
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Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar, B.C.Date: 2017-05-04 10:59 am. Reddish stems and beautiful emerging foliage.
By HemNorth
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Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C. Date: 2007-05-10 4:30 pm. A truly beautiful, reliable and enchanting bloomer.
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Location: My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania USADate: 2018-04-21
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Location: Athol, MADate: 2018-05-14
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Location: Athol, MADate: 2018-05-09
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Location: Iowa
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Location: Indiana  Zone 5Date: Apr 20, 2011 5:36 PM
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Location: West Valley City, UTDate: 2010-04-03
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Location: My GardensDate: May 3, 2013In Shade
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Location: My GardensDate: April 18, 2010Very Close Up
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Date: 2013-0501
By pirl
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Location: Harper post, full sunDate: 2011-0513Filled with blooms.
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Location: Harper post, full sunDate: 2011-0330Just emerging in spring.
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Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C. Date: 2011-05-28 11:11 am. Always a magical blossom.
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Location: Woodbridge , VaDate: 2018-04-10
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Date: 2020-04-14
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Location: Kerrville, TXDate: March 31, 2003
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Location: Kerrville, TXDate: March 31, 2003
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Location: My garden in KentuckyDate: 2010-05-06
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Date: 2012-02-28
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Location: Pleasant Grove, UtahDate: 2012-03-23
By Paul2032
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Location: At a local nurseryDate: 2012-03-28Playing peek-a-boo through the bleeding heart.
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Location: West Valley City, UTDate: 2011-05-11
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Location: My garden in Gent, BelgiumDate: 2012-03-16
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2009-04-26
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Date: 2013-04-08
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Location: Near garageDate: 2013-0513Self-seeded from about 40' away in sand, never fed or tended but
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Location: Tomato box at garage entrance.Date: 2014-05-21Blooming at no more than 4" tall.
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Location: My garden in KentuckyDate: 2015-03-24
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Date: 2015-04-12
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Date: 5/8/15
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Location: Sherwood OregonDate: 2015-05-25Progressing blossoms
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Location: Cedarhome, Washington
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Location: Cedarhome, WashingtonDate: 2010-03-22
By Bonehead
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Location: western OregonDate: 2016-01-02
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Location: My Yard
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Location: Athol, MADate: 2017-02-25New growth before spring!
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Location: Woodbridge , VaDate: 2018-04-10
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Location: Athol, MADate: 2018-05-14
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Location: Cedarhome, WashingtonDate: 2016-03-16
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Location: Kerrville, TXDate: March 31, 2003
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Location: Half whiskey barrel planterDate: 5/31/2010
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Location: My garden in KentuckyDate: 2005-04-11
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Location: My garden in KentuckyDate: 2005-04-11
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Location: At a nurseryDate: 2012-02-28
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2012-03-16
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-04-03
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-04-02
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Location: West Valley City, UTDate: 2009-05-06
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Date: 2013-04-08
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Date: 2013-04-08
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 4-18-05
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 4-18-05
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Date: 2014-04-04
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Location: Zone 5bDate: Summer, 2009
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Date: 2015-04-08
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Date: 2015-04-12
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Location: my garden zone 7A Cape Cod, MADate: 2017-06-10
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Location: my garden zone 7A Cape Cod, MADate: 2017-06-10
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2018-05-03
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Comments:
Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 4, 2011 3:52 PM

Grow bleeding hearts in partial shade to full shade, in a well-drained soil that has plenty of humus.

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Posted by bsavage (Dolores, Colorado) on Dec 7, 2011 4:47 PM

Bleeding heart is one of the very first plants that we bought when we moved to Colorado, because I love them and you can't grow bleeding hearts in Arizona, LOL! Every year we are amazed that an even bigger and showier plant comes from what became nothing over the winter. It is the first breath of spring and early summer, very happy in zone 5. Full sun.

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Oct 2, 2013 4:44 PM

Very ornate plant. May go dormant mid-summer in hot weather. If so, just cut it back to the basal mound. This was one of the first flowers my granddaughter could identify, although she called them 'bloody hearts' - which I found a bit more macabre.

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Weedwhacker On March 17, 2016 Plant emerged
lovesblooms On March 1, 2020 Seeds sown
labeled "white"; winter sow
lovesblooms On March 15, 2015 Plant emerged
AndreA33 On April 10, 2014 Obtained plant
jg0613 On September 13, 2018 Miscellaneous Event
Still have the original plant- the clump gets bigger each year. It continues to do well in the last location I listed, where it remains.
jg0613 On March 24, 2016 Miscellaneous Event
Survived the winder, beautiful new foliage growing- no blooms yet. Neighbors' are blooming (the ones ours were divided from) but they have been in that spot for years.
jg0613 On July 15, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
Moved to far W end of same bed (most shady area) after getting Lobelias. Had survived winter and grew beautiful foliage which remained good looking even after transplant but never bloomed in 2015.
jg0613 On July 16, 2014 Obtained plant
Date approx. Gift from neighbor obtained by dividing their plants. Dormant but planted in ground in N fenced section of backyard in center of shady bed N of detached garage. Remained dormant in 2014.
NikkiGerena On June 9, 2017 Transplanted
NikkiGerena On June 1, 2017 Transplanted
KelliW On March 8, 2019 Plant emerged
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Maybe wrong image? by DaylilySLP Mar 24, 2019 12:23 AM 3
what name of this plant by mplant14 Jun 9, 2019 4:13 AM 3
Moved into a new home.... by Jaybrd Apr 28, 2019 9:58 AM 2
What specie is this? 9 (Binomial name please) by NightCrow Jun 1, 2018 6:18 PM 3
Floral Alphabet Soup.... the letter L! by KatEnns Mar 4, 2018 7:49 PM 28
Bleeding Hearts by bleedingheart Jan 4, 2017 11:58 PM 17
Dicentra or Lamprocapnos by Bonehead Sep 18, 2016 3:35 PM 3

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