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Lamprocapnos spectabilis

(Bleeding Heart)

Rating: 🌻🌻

Light: ⛅

Deer resistant: yes 🦌☠️

Moisture: needs consistent moisture

Bloom: Unique pink or red and white heart-shaped flowers in May-June

Size: 30” H x 30” W

Hardiness zone: 3

Lamprocapnos (formerly Dicentra) spectabilis forms a quite large, busy plant with arching stems that sport red and white heart-shaped balloon flowers in late spring and early summer. Once established, these plants will tolerate a surprising amount of sun. If not kept consistently moist, the foliage tends to go dormant in summer. Because of the tendency of Lamprocapnos to go dormant, Lamprocapnos may not be the best choice for a lone specimen plant in the garden. We tend to plant Lamprocapnos with other plants around it to fill in or conceal it when it dies back. Still, this is a worthy addition to any shade garden, and one of a few spectacular early bloomers. The species has pink and white blooms; the cultivar ‘Valentine’ has deeper red and white blooms. Lamprocapnos are toxic. Deer don’t bother Lamprocapnos .