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Dicentra spectabilis Valentine

Bleeding heart

Impressive heart shaped flowers

A colourful variety of Bleeding Heart which makes a lush mound of fern-like, bronze-tinted leaves. In early summer, long arching stems display brilliant, cherry red, heart-shaped blooms with white tips. 

Where?

Best in partial shade. Ideal for a border, woodland garden or container. 

How?

Plant in fertile, well-drained soil. Enrich the soil with organic matter before planting - homemade garden compost or well rotted manure is fine. Use a good quality potting compost for container growing.  

Also known as Dicentra spectabilis

Plant details


In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering May - June
Evergreen No
Plant height 60 cm - 80 cm
Plant width 40 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 80 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam
Light exposure Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September