Lamprocapnos spectabilis (L.) Fukuhara
Dicentra spectabilis (L.) Lem.
Bleeding Hearts, Lyre Flower, Lady-in-a-bath
Bleeding hearts have very attractive pink heart-shaped flowers. They are native to Siberia, Japan, Korea, and northern China. They are very popular in U.S. gardens.
Plants: 24-59" (60-150 cm) in height, with a bushy habit. Plants become dormant after producing seed pods, yellowing and looking pretty much hopeless. But they bounce back in the spring. See Dicentra for a comparison table.
Leaves: 4-12" (10-30 cm) in overall size, divided two or three times into smaller leaflets, on stems 1¾-4½" (5-12 cm) in length.
Flowers: All bleeding-hearts have pillowy, heart-shaped flowers with a white longer petal hanging from the bottom. Flowers appear in Apr-May. Some varieties bloom much later.
Fruits: Beanlike oblong seed capsules, each with 2-8 seeds, are ⅞-1¼" (2.5-3.5 cm) long. Seeds are black and rounded, approximately ⅛" (3 mm) around.
Edibility: Poisonous. May also cause a rash in some people.
Lamprocapnos spectabilis at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Lamprocapnos spectabilis on Perennial Resource
Lamprocapnos spectabilis on Dave’s Garden
Lamprocapnos spectabilis on CalPhotos
Lamprocapnos spectabilis on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
Lamprocapnos spectabilis on the New England Wildflower Society’s GoBotany site
Lamprocapnos spectabilis description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 21 Jun 2017.
Range: Zones 3-9: