The best dicentra is........?

VerdunVerdun Posts: 23,348

I grow Spectabile alba and the usual pink n white dicentra. ......the white is my favourite.

Ive grown others like Luxuriant and  currently grow King of Hearts....these flower longer than spectabile so prob better value.  

What varieties do you grow?  Which is your favourite?  



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,244

    My favourite has been removed from dicentras but if I call it Dicentra macrocapnos can it still be valid please?

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,739

    Sp. Alba.Only like the white ones Verd....I am awful..image

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  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    I only have the white one currently, but when in Cornwall I grew Dicentra formosa, which made a pleasant change... I really ought to get that one again, there's one called 'Bacchanal' that looks nice... and a pinkish one from Roger Brook - called 'Roger's Pink'... I think he's still waiting to develop this one... he's a Dicentra specialist...

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,244

    I had Bacchanal, it was lovely for several years then started fading away. Not much left now.

  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ..oh that's a shame, I wonder if some don't have a great constitution perhaps...?

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 5,219

    I have a lovely one with lime green leaves and the usual pink/white flowers. Sadly Ive forgotton its name.

    I've seen the needle and the damage done
    A little part of it in everyone
  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    I have a deep red one with ferny leaves, lovely, typical flowers but different leaves - also a white one that runs gently under an old arch. 

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    I grow Alba in the white border - very strong plant - beautiful flowers right now.

    Have just bought a red one -'Valentine' - but not planted it yet. really good colour. I think I will get a pink for the back side which is a bit of a mish-mash, shuld fit in well

  • V. I have just planted 2 Formosa's... Spring Gold and Spring Magic... both in partial shade bed behind a viburnam bush. Have widened the bed this year as the viburnam was encroaching. Nice opportunity to introduce some new varieties. These 2 look great alongside lamium, heucheuras,pulmonaria and a few freebee cowslips, aquilegias etc.

    I also grow Alba in my white border and it looks better than ever this year. It will be joined with a few touches of purple this year. All white can look a bit flat and needs a touch of colour... but I think we have discussed this already.image

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