Lamprocapnos spectabilis (*)
* Lamprocapnos spectabilis (L.) T.Fukuhara, Pl. Syst. Evol. 206(1-4): 415. 1997.
* Fumaria spectabilis L., Sp. Pl. 2: 699. 1753.
* Capnorchis spectabilis (L.) Borkh., Roem. Arch. i. II. 46.
* Flore des Serres et des Jardins de l'Europe. Ghent (Gand) 3: t. 258. 1847
Lamprocapnos spectabilis (formerly Dicentra spectabilis; old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus's car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman's trousers, or Lyre-flower) is a rhizomatous perennial plant native to eastern Asia from Siberia south to Japan.
Compound leaves with leaflets in threes grow on fleshy green to pink stems up to 3 feet (0.9 m).
Flowers are heart-shaped and 1–2 inches (3–5 cm) long, with pink outer petals and white inner petals, hanging in a horizontal raceme. They bloom from late spring to early summer.
Seeds with whitish elaiosomes are borne in long pods.
The plant often goes dormant in summer after blooming.
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Aphids, slugs and snails sometimes feed on the leaves.
Seeds must be sown while fresh. Division should be done in the late fall or early spring.
Contact with the plant can cause skin irritation in some people from isoquinoline-like alkaloids.
Several cultivars have been selected. 'Alba' has white flowers, and 'Gold Heart', introduced from Hadspen Garden in 1997, has yellow leaves.
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