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Lamprocapnos spectabilis is often confused with:
Dicentra eximia Dicentra eximia
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Monarda didyma plant with Lantana camara 'Miss Huff' in summer in Moore County
Dicentra canadensis leaves and flowers
Phlox subulata Phlox subulata

Lamprocapnos spectabilis

Previously known as:

  • Dicentra spectabilis
Phonetic Spelling
dy-SEN-trah spek-TAB-il-iss.
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

This plant goes dormant during the summer in warm areas, but it can be forced to flower on Valentine's Day by bringing dormant rhizomes into a cool greenhouse in late winter.

Dicentra spectabilis come in vibrant pink to white kissed with pink, solid white and delicate pinks. They are sure to be a showstopper in any garden. The delicate appeal of the lantern, heart-shaped flowers takes you back to the Victorian era and brings you back to the glory that this plant will have in your garden. The colors bring joy, as they appear to dance to the breeze throughout the spring.

Family name Papaveraceae (formerly Fumariaceae)

Quick ID Hints:

  • Herb with a basal rosette of ternately decompound le
  • Scape a secund raceme of pendulous flowers
  • Petals heart-shaped with a reflexed apical lobe

Erect perennial herb 2-3' tall; branches and inflorescence arching apically. 

Blooms late spring to early summer; exerted inner petals is the "bleeding" from the outer heart-shaped petals; foliage yellows and drops by mid-summer when plant dries out, thus water necessary; utilized as cut flower, poy plant ("living valentine"), shaded border, filler plant; D. eximia has longer blooming period, more dissected, fine-textured leaves, replacing this old-time garden favorite. 

Requires partial shade & adequate moisture; fungal disease problems.

Its seed can be sown in late summer.  Plant division can also be accomplished in fall or spring.  It can be found growing in forests or other natural areas.  It is a native in rich woods.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Alba'
    White blooms, more robust
  • 'Gold Heart'
    Yellow leaves
Tags:
#hummingbirds#white#pink#poisonous#houseplant#spring#white flowers#herbs#wildlife plant#pink flowers#wildflowers#shade tolerant#nectar plant#interiorscape#cpp#delicate#heart#vibrant#valentine#valentine's#valentine's day#valentines#heart-shaped#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Alba'
    White blooms, more robust
  • 'Gold Heart'
    Yellow leaves
Tags:
#hummingbirds#white#pink#poisonous#houseplant#spring#white flowers#herbs#wildlife plant#pink flowers#wildflowers#shade tolerant#nectar plant#interiorscape#cpp#delicate#heart#vibrant#valentine#valentine's#valentine's day#valentines#heart-shaped#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Lamprocapnos
    Species:
    spectabilis
    Family:
    Papaveraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China to Korea
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Wildflower
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    A secund raceme, axis arching; bracts subulate. Pendulous, 3-15 per raceme, heart-shaped in outline; sepals 2, rudimentary, minute, inconspicuous; petals 4, in opposite pairs; outer petals rose-red, pink to white, spurred at base, swollen, heart-shaped, laterally compressed, apex slender, reflexed; inner petals tongue-shaped with convexed inner faces and crested apices, exerted, white.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Cuneate
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    In a basal rosette, ternately decompound; leaflets ovate, coarsely lobed or toothed, acute, cuneate; cauline leaves few, simple with lanceolate lobes.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Short stemmed.
  • Landscape:
    Attracts:
    Hummingbirds
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Trembling, staggering, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions and labored breathing. Skin irritation after repeated contact with the cell sap.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Several isoquinolone alkaloids.
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots
    Sap/Juice
    Seeds
    Stems