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Common Name: Bleeding Heart
Dicentra spectabilis is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
The plant is potentially poisonous and can also cause skin rashes[
E. Asia - N. China, Japan, Korea and Siberia. Locally naturalized in Europe[
Woods and deep shady valleys[
Easily grown in a rich light soil[
]. Grows best in a light but good woodland soil, preferably not limy[
]. Prefers light shade and some shelter from winds[
]. Tolerates a sunny position if it is growing in a moist border but once planted the plant should not be disturbed since the roots are brittle[
A very ornamental plant[
], it is hardy to at least -20°c[
The seed is difficult to harvest, it ripens and is shed very quickly[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
Young leaves in spring - cooked[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[
]. Stored seed should be sown in early spring[
]. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 6 months at 15°c[
]. Two weeks warm stratification at 18°c followed by six weeks at 2°c can shorten up the germination time[
]. Prick out the plants into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle, grow them on for their first winter in a cold frame and plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring.
Division in early spring[
]. Care must be taken since the plant strongly resents root disturbance[
]. Division is best carried out in late winter[
]. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.
Root cuttings 7 - 10cm long in sandy soil in a cold frame[