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.

Plant Type:



The flowers are usually red, pink and white.