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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More compact dicentras include 'Snowflakes'', which grows to only 40-45cm (16-18in) and produces clusters of white flowers.
You can get three dicentra spectabilis for pounds 7.
Dicentra spectabilis - otherwise known as bleeding heart - is a stunning herbaceous perennial that brings glory to any border.
Suitable plants for this include delphinium, dicentra, phlox, achillea and euphorbia.
His own personal favourites for each season, which are easily grown in this country and will add both colour and texture to the garden scene, include Cornus sanguinea 'Winter Flame' in winter; Scilla siberica, Helleborus nigra and Fritillaria meleagris 'Alba' in spring; Dicentra Formosa 'Aurora', Iris sibirica 'Silver Edge', Paeonia 'White Wings', Rosa moyesii 'Nevada' and Phlox paniculata 'Rosa Pastell' in summer; and Anemone 'Honorine Jobert' and Gentiana makinoi in autumn.
Easy Set traps to protect the newly-emerging shoots of herbaceous perennials such as delphiniums, peonies, lupins, hosta and dicentra from slugs and snails.
And there's alchemilla mollis, Japanese anemones - especially the white varieties - aquilegias, astrantias, brunnera, campanula persicifolia, coreopsis verticillata, dicentra spectabilis, doronicum Miss Mason, echinops ritro, geraniums Wargrave, grandiflorum and Johnson's Blue, geum Mrs Bradshaw and Lady Stratheden, heleniums, hemerocallis or day lillies, lupins, lychnis coronaria, monarda, nepeta, phlox, pulmonarias, rudbeckias, sedum spectabile, sidalcea, stachys lanata and tradescantia.
Other good choices include a white lilac, Syringa vulgaris `Alba' and a white Dicentra spectabilis `Alba', which has heart-shaped flowers that last for a few weeks in early summer, while the ferny leaves look wonderful under trees or around shrubs.
Cut back plants that have already died back, such as dicentra, poppies and aquilegia, and collect their seeds.
Ground-hugging perennials, such as bergenias, dicentra, hellebores and euphorbia will ensure that no bare soil is seen.