Dicentra ‘King of Hearts’
Dicentra ‘King of Hearts’ has compact and luxurious glaucous blue ferny foliage which forms sumptuous mounds 20cm high with a 35cm spread. More heat tolerant than the original D.eximia cultivars and so tends not to have a Summer dormancy period. Multitudes of beautiful dark rosy pink ‘bleeding hearts’ with a prettily reflexed pale edge are seemingly produced all Spring and Summer.
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.