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Dicentra ‘King of Hearts’


KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassMagnoliidaeIncludes magnolias, nutmeg, bay laurel, cinnamon, avocado, black pepper, and many others
OrderPapaveralesA group that includes buttercups and other poisonous plants
FamilyFumariaceaeFumitory, fumewort, or bleeding-heart family
GenusDicentraFrom the Greek dis, “twice,” and centron, “spur,” meaning “twice-spurred,” in reference to the flower shape
Cultivar‘King of Hearts’

About plant names...

This bleeding-heart cultivar has a longer blooming period.

Identification: The flower is a deep pink color, bordering on red. See Lamprocapnos for a comparison table.

Edibility: Poisonous. Skull & Crossbones May also cause a rash in some people.

Online References:


The Missouri Botanical Garden

in Paghat's Garden


Dicentra ‘King of Hearts’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Dicentra ‘King (bleeding-heart)

8/1/2009 · Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Maine · ≈ 2½ × 1½′ (73 × 49 cm)