Dicentra eximia ‘Snowdrift’ (Alba)
Dicentra eximia ‘Snowdrift’ (Alba) has apple green ferny foliage emerges from a rhizomatous spreading rootstock making lovely ground cover for woodland conditions. Over this you get multi-flowered nodding panicles of pure white hanging lockets. Best in partial shade. Whilst it can tolerate some dryness, lack of moisture induces a premature Summer dormancy.
Dicentra all prefer a cool position in the garden which will allow them to grow lusher foliage and flower for a longer period. Nothing drives them into their Summer dormancy quicker than drought. They mostly come form woodland fringes and damp mountain soils. All have brittle roots and prefer not to be moved.
Dicentra, has now been split, with the shorter creeping species remaining and the larger species removed to rather snappily named Lamprocapnos, Dactylicapnos and Ichthyoselmis. they are members of the poppy family, a fact that is somewhat disguised by the flowers, but more evident in the sappy brittle nature of the stems.
Dicentra have been listed under Dielytra, which was a botanical spelling error. Dicentra is from the Greek for two (dis) and spurred (kentron) referring to the shape of the flowers.