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Bleeding Heart

Lamprocapnos spectabilis

Also known as

Dutchman's Breeches, Asian Bleeding-Heart, Chinaman's breeches, Ladies locket, Lyre flower, Lady in a boat

Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Bleeding Heart Overview

Lamprocapnos spectabilis is a low maintenance plant that forms a mound of foliage and arching stems bearing heart-shaped flowers in spring and early summer. This perennial was reclassified in the 1990's from Dicentra to Lamprocapnos, but it is still widely referred to by this historic genus name. This species produces attractive heart-shaped flowers in a range of colours including red, pink, white, yellow and black.

Common problems with Bleeding Heart

How to harvest Bleeding Heart

Generally not harvested but flowers can be taken as required for floral arrrangements.

How to propagate Bleeding Heart


Divide in early spring or after the leaves have died back.


Sow seed when ripe of in spring.


Take root cuttings in winter.

Special features of Bleeding Heart

Attractive flowers

Ground cover

Can be used as underplanting for roses and shrubs that will give this plant the shade it prefers during the summer months.

Other uses of Bleeding Heart

Deer Resistant Plants

Although never fully deer proof - they are less likely to eat these.

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