Dicentra


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Dicentra

 

a genus of perennial herbaceous rhizomic plants of the family Fumariaceae. The leaves are triternatopinnate, or tripinnatisect, or compound. The flowers are heart-shaped and racemose. They have four petals, two of which are outer petals and spurred. About 20 species are distributed in East Asia and North America. In the USSR there is one species D. perigrina, found on bald peaks and outcrops in Eastern Siberia and the Far East. Horticulturists cultivate the bleeding heart (D. spectabilis), which has large rose-red flowers in a one-sided cluster, the Pacific bleeding heart (D.formosa), and the eastern bleeding heart (D. eximia).

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Following this long-term soil storage, three of these species - Dendromecon, Dicentra, and Trichostema - were stimulated to germinate by smoke treatment [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 6 OMITTED], but soil-stored seeds of the fourth species, Phacelia brachyloba, still failed to germinate (not shown).
Dicentra ochroleuca is a typical biennial species that germinated in the first year after fire and died after the second year [TABULAR DATA FOR TABLE 2 OMITTED] of growth.
Erythronium americanum, Dicentra canadensis) are negatively correlated with the abundances of woody and herbaceous exotics.
Q I bought a plant of Dicentra spectabilis last year and this spring it grew rapidly to 3ft high and rather more across.
Otherwise known as dicentra spectabilis, this British favourite originates from China and will thrive in both sunny and shady locations in almost any soil type.
DICENTRA SPECTABILIS (BLEEDING HEART) These pretty, delicate-looking cottage garden perennials grow to around 1m (3ft) and produce beautiful pink and white heartshaped flowers which last for six to eight weeks in late spring.
Dicentra species will perform well in partial shade but do not care for acid soils.
Just now it has quite a lot of interest, from drifts of pink and blue herbaceous geraniums, patches of white flowered dicentra and bright yellow daisies on doronicum.
Typical genera of plants with species using this dispersal syndrome include Asarum, Claytonia, Dentaria, Dicentra, Erythronium, Jeffersonia, Sanguinaria, Trillium, and Viola.
Other good choices include a white lilac, Syringa vulgaris Alba and a white Dicentra spectabilis Alba, which has heart-shaped flowers, while the ferny leaves look wonderful under trees or around shrubs.
Plant of the week Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding heart)