Dicentra ‘Spring Morning’
Early in Spring finely the divided juicy fern-like leaves of Dicentra ‘Spring Morning’ emerge, relatively green for a creeping Dicentra, often rimmed with dew as they creep across the earth to make attractive ground cover. Shortly after the flowers appear, nodding stems with clustered hanging lockets in shades of mauvy-pink. Best in moisture retentive soil, ideally in some shade to prolong flowering. The plant may go into early dormancy to protect itself in drought conditions or excessive Summer heat.
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.