Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding Hearts)

Easily recognized for their unique flowers and foliage, Bleeding Hearts are shade tolerant perennials grown primarily as ornamentals.

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding Hearts)
Deciduous: Yes, the foliage tends to die off in mid-summer.
Hardiness Zones: 3-9
Height: 60-90 centimeters (24-36 inches) tall
Diameter: 45-75 centimeters (18-30 inches) across
Growth Rate: moderate
Age: perennial
Root System: fibrous
Family: Papaveraceae/Fumariaceae
Subspecies: ‘Gold Heart’

Tolerates: heavy shade, herbivores (rabbits)
Problems (major): none
Problems (minor): Wet soil during winter and dry soil during summer both have negative effects on overall health. Excellent drainage is required for survival.
Aphids occasionally infest weakened and/or young plants.
Poisonous: potentially, causes dermatitis in some

Soil requirements: prefers moist, loamy/medium, humusy soils (survives in light/sandy soils)
Air requirements: not sufficiently researched
Watering requirement: moderate
Sun requirement: part-shade (prefers) to full shade (tolerates)

Leaf shape: soft with three (3) mitten-shaped leaflets connected at a base
Leaf size: up to 8 centimeters (3 inches) long
Flower structure: The 2 centimeter (1 inch) long flowers consist of heart-shaped, pink petals with white petals emerging from the bottom.
Flowering frequency: April-May (sometimes persisting into July)
Bulb/tuber: neither
Monocot/Dicot: dicot
Annual/Biennial/Perennial: perennial

Notable characteristics:
The flowers grow on flowering spikes (scapes) and resemble opened, pink hearts.

Bleeding hearts are grown primarily as ornamentals.

Sources used:

A flowering L. spectabilis bush during spring

Foliage of L. spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’

Foliage of a white-flowered Lamprocapnos variety

A mature plant lacking flowers

A close-up of the foliage

Flowers on an anchoring scape


All of the images provided were taken by me. They may be used for educational/informational purposes only, provided that this article/online journal is
appropriately cited first.


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