Lamprocapnos spectabilis

Common Names: Bleeding heart, Asian bleeding-heart
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Poppy family

Syn. Dicentra spectabilis. Native to eastern Asia and Japan, these are common in Connecticut as an ornamental garden species. Different cultivars can have different colors and flower shapes. Grows to 120 cm tall by 45 cm wide. It is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial with 3-lobed compound leaves on fleshy green to pink stems. The arching horizontal racemes of up to 20 pendent flowers are borne in spring and early summer. The outer petals are bright fuchsia-pink, while the inner ones are white. The flowers strikingly resemble the conventional heart shape, with a droplet beneath - hence the common name. The pure white-flowered 'Alba', somewhat more robust than the species, is a popular cultivar.

In Connecticut they are most commonly found in flower gardens.

Edible Notes: Not edible, poisonous.
Warnings: Contact with the plant can cause skin irritation in some people from isoquinoline-like alkaloids.
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