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Last updated 14/05/20 10:00.
Commonly known as Bleeding heart, Dutchman's breeches
Genus of 8 species of perennials from Asia and North America, mostly from damp habitats, including woodland, especially in mountainous areas.
The original 21 species, following molecular examination, have been split into 5 smaller genera with the result that old favourite and cottage-garden stalwart D. spectabilis (Dutchman's breeches) has been saddled with Lamprocapnos.
Height - 3m (10ft)
Spread - 15cm (6in)
Climber - Some of these climbing plants will need trellis or wire supports if grown on walls or fences. Other grow aerial roots and are self-clinging - climbing perennial with annual stems. Clusters of flowers are followed by winged capsules 2.5cm (1in) long
Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.
Hardy - average winter - Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
Additional Features - Good to know - - syn. Dactylicapnos macrocapnos. Stem grows from a hardy tuber. Will climb through supporting plants and can extend to 10m (33ft). Brittle stems require careful handling.
Pests & Diseases - slugs
Place of origin - Nepal to China
Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
Seasonal Interest - Summer -
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - - humus-rich
Neutral to alkaline soil
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