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Lamprocapnos (Deicentra) spectabilis Gold Heart

Bleeding Heart

Amazing arching stems of unique flowers

A classic cottage garden perennial. It makes a mound of bright golden yellow, fern-like leaves which emerge in early spring. Arching stems of rosy pink, locket-shaped flowers follow, which dangle delicately above the leaves.


Best in partial shade so a brilliant choice for brightening a dull corner. Ideal for a border, woodland garden or container.


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.

Otherwise known as Dicentra spectabilis

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Autumn, Spring, Summer, Winter
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 260 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 260 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 330 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Acid, Chalk, Light sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, 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 Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From April to September