Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)

Dicentra, commonly known as “Bleeding Heart”, is a genus of about 10 species of herbaceous plants in the family Papaveraceae, native to Asia and North America.
Their outstanding characteristic is the shape of the flowers. Dicentra bears heart-shaped flowers hanging down in a row from arching stems, from which a little “drop of blood” dangles at the bottom, giving the plant a spectacular appearance. They bloom in spring and early summer and dies back to the ground as the heat of summer arrives.

Name meaning

The genus name is derived from the Greek words “dis” (“twice”) and “kenton” (“spur”), referring to the flowers shape – two nectar-bearing spurs.

Dicentra symbolism

Dicentra is a symbol of romantic love and purity.

Interesting facts about Dicentra

Lamprocapnos spectabilis

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (formerly Dicentra spectabilis) is the sole species in the genus Lamprocapnos, still widely known under its old name – Dicentra spectabilis.
It is one of the most beautiful flowers in the world and it is definitely the most perfect heart-shaped flower. However, it is not member of the Dicentra genus anymore.

Dicentra Plant Data