Two dicentras

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putative Dicentra 'King of Hearts'     copyright  2000 Mark McDonough

putative Dicentra 'King of Hearts'

Previously on Alpine-L there has been discussion about Dicentra 'King of Hearts'.  This year it seems to be around in many of the local area nurseries for approximately $12 US per plant (as shown above).  The photo is flattering and makes it look better than it really is.  The foliage is good, but the flowers look rather ordinary as dicentras go.  For those who know the true 'King of Hearts' cultivar, does this plant look like the real thing?

Update!  Follow this link to see a more recent photo taken 5/12/2001, and a link to another site depicting a plant that more closely fits the description of true 'King of Hearts'.

Dicentra cucullaria     copyright  2000 Mark McDonough

Dicentra cucullaria
(photo taken in Marsha Russell's Garden, 05-01-01)

I've never given this eastern N. American species a second thought, believing it to be rather ordinary.  Viewing dozens of fine clumps in perfect bloom in Marsha Russell's garden, I realize that I've been remiss in neglecting this pretty species.  The common name of Dutchman's Breech's alludes to the shape of the flowers. 

Click this link to see two good photos of Dicentra peregrina x eximia.

Both photos by Mark McDonough



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