Dicentra spectabilis

DSCF5495

Bleeding Heart, Dutchman’s Breeches or the Lyre Flower and now, more properly, Lamprocapnos. Beautiful spring perennials with pendant heart-shaped flowers, in pink, white, purple or red held on arching, fleshy stems. Brittle too. Growing over a metre tall. The white form, alba, is more robust, producing flowers until midsummer.

DSCF5442

A relatively new variety, Valentine, first introduced onto the market in the USA last autumn, has become an instant success. In early spring the vigorous, plum-coloured shoots push through the soil, producing delicate ferny foliage that matures to a glorious, dark grey-green. This is closely followed by arching stems that carry elegant, scarlet-red, heart-shaped flowers. Now then. I culled this text from the Crocus website… I saw an example at the RHS London Show today and a meagre specimen it was too (and presumably the best they had in flower).

Good deep colour but small flowers on a lilliputian arch. It is admittedly a more compact grower and perhaps I am judging too harshly from this one plant.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.