Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’ (also called white bleeding heart)
Herbaceous perennial with arching stems, grown for foliage and flowers in spring and early summer. The white flowers look especially good in dappled shade, so useful to plant in shady areas.
Attractive foliage and flowers in spring and early summer.
Habit – clump forming, arching. H: 120cm S: 50cm
Stems – round, smooth, purple with shades of green.
Leaves – mid-green, deeply lobed, smooth.
Flowers – heart-shaped, white with pale green tips, held dangling along arching stems.
Sun to shade, but prefers shade.
Humus-rich, moisture retentive with a cool root run.
Said to be hardy down to at least –20c.
Dislikes disturbance so try to avoid moving or dividing unless really necessary.
Division in early spring. Root cuttings are a better idea as the plant resents being
disturbed because of the brittle roots; roots cuttings have a better chance if the
cutting has the beginning of a bud already showing.
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