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Lamprocapnos spectabilis is often confused with:
Dicentra eximia Dicentra eximia
Native alternative(s) for Lamprocapnos spectabilis:
Dicentra canadensis leaves and flowers
Dicentra cucullaria Dicentra cucullaria
Dicentra eximia Dicentra eximia
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Phlox subulata Phlox subulata
Achillea millefolium Achillea millefolium
Trillium Trillium Form

Japanese Bleeding Heart Lamprocapnos spectabilis

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Dicentra spectabilis
  • Lamprocapnos spectabilis Fumariaceae
Phonetic Spelling
lam-pro-KAP-nos spek-TAB-il-iss.
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Asian bleeding heart is an erect herbaceous perennial in the Papaveraceae family.   The common name is derived from the exerted inner petals "bleeding" from the outer heart-shaped petals

Found growing in shady forests the delicate arching branches are tipped with pink to white flowers reach a height and width of 2 to 3 feet. Plant in partial shade in well drained moist soils.  Heavy soils will be problematic for this plant.  Delicate blooms will appear late spring to early summer.  The fern-like foliage yellows and drops by mid-summer after blooming when plant dries out, but adequate water can extend the time the leaves remain on the plant. While 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.   Propagate this plant through seeds or divide them in the fall or spring.  

Plant in a cutting or woodland garden, a shade border, or use as a filler plant. Think about the empty space this plant will make in the late summer, early fall, and winter and plan accordingly.   The native Dicentra eximia has longer blooming period, and more dissected, fine-textured leaves, replacing this old-time garden favorite. 

Quick ID Hints:

  • Herb with a basal rosette of ternately decompound leaves
  • Petals heart-shaped with a reflexed apical lobe

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious insect problems though aphids are occasional visitors. 

VIDEO created by Andy Pulte for “Landscape Plant Identification, Taxonomy and Morphology” a plant identification course offered by the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Tennessee.

 

 

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See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Alba'
    White blooms, more robust
  • 'Gold Heart'
    Yellow leaves
'Alba', 'Gold Heart'
Tags:
#hummingbirds#showy flowers#poisonous#houseplant#white flowers#wildlife plant#pink flowers#nectar plant#shade garden#interiorscape#rabbit resistant#cpp#herb garden culinary#delicate#vibrant#spring interest#wildflower garden#fantz#HS302#heavy shade tolerant#woodland garden#contact dermatitis#heart-shaped leaves#landscape plant sleuths course
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Alba'
    White blooms, more robust
  • 'Gold Heart'
    Yellow leaves
'Alba', 'Gold Heart'
Tags:
#hummingbirds#showy flowers#poisonous#houseplant#white flowers#wildlife plant#pink flowers#nectar plant#shade garden#interiorscape#rabbit resistant#cpp#herb garden culinary#delicate#vibrant#spring interest#wildflower garden#fantz#HS302#heavy shade tolerant#woodland garden#contact dermatitis#heart-shaped leaves#landscape plant sleuths course
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Lamprocapnos
    Species:
    spectabilis
    Family:
    Papaveraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China to Korea
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 2 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    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:
    3-15 flowers per pendulous raceme, bracts subulate, heart-shaped in outline. Two sepals are inconspicuous, four petals are in opposite pairs with the outer petals rose-red, pink to white, inner white petals are tongue-shaped with convexed inner faces and crested tips.
  • 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:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Cutting Garden
    Attracts:
    Hummingbirds
    Problems:
    Contact Dermatitis
    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