Habitat: partial or full shade
Soil: with grit and humus
Height: 30 cm
Width: 30 cm
In this group we incude with Dicentra plants of other genera that have been separated by botanists, notably Lamprocapnos spectabils, formerly Dicentra spectabilis. They all have curiously shaped flowers, loosely described as heart-shaped, or in one case as Dutchman's breeches, one or more hanging below the stem. The plants range from substantial herbaceous kinds to high alpines, and may accordingly be easy plants for woodland or open positions in the garden, or require careful alpine house cultivation.
|Dicentra formosa is known as the western or Pacific bleeding heart, coming from the west-coast states of the USA and Canada, where it grows in damp woodland. It has finely dissected leaves and red or dark pink flowers hanging in clusters from the tops of the stems.|
|Dicentra formosa 'Pearl Drops' makes a lovely clump of ferny foliage, sea-green with a blue tinge. It has arching stems of pearly white flowers, tinged with pink.|