Dicentra spectabilis "Gold Heart"

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  1. Weekend Gardener

    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    Dicentra spectabilis "Gold Heart" is my favourite perennial at this time of the year.

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    edleigh7 Well-Known Member

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    What a lovely plant, WG!!!
    I wonder if I can get them in Aus?
    Do you think they would die down in sub tropical?

    Ed
     
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    soccerdad Active Member 10 Years

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    They grow like weeds here but they will look unhappy as the weather gets warmer and drier; the gold one seems to last longer than the standard green one, in my garden, but I have nonetheless started cutting them down before mid-summer. And summer here is not very hot ...
     
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    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    Dicentra spectabilis is a woodland plant, preferring moist soils and dappled shade. This one in our garden gets morning sun, is in moist soil and a cooler corner of the garden. In this position, it looks good into August, before the leaves and stems start to sag and look ragged. I have a pink flowered variety doing well in full shade under a tree. Gold Heart's leaves are not as vibrant gold in full shade. On the other hand, the leaves bleach, fade and even burn exposed when to full midday and afternoon sun.

    I am not sure about a source of the plant in Australia. It's so striking, however, I suspect that it would have been introduced there if it is known to do well in the type of climate you have.
     

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