Habitat: sun or partial shade, damp
Soil: with plenty of humus
Height: 30 cm
Flowering: late spring to mid summer
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 'Cox's Dark Red' is a form of Dicentra formosa with the typical bluish-grey, divided, fleshy foliage, but it is distinguished from other varieties by the dark red colour of its heart-shaped flowers, which hang in a row below the arching stems.|