Bleeding Heart

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Bleeding Heart
Bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis).

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The bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis) is a herbaceous plant that seems to have been moved recently from the Fumariaceae to the Papaveraceae family. It is native to Asia and produces very ornamental flowers shaped like lovers’ hearts, either red, pink or white. Racemes can bear up to fifteen pendulous blossoms.

Other common names include Venus’s car and lyre flower; it is popular in gardens although toxic, as it can cause skin rashes.

The caption reads in the original French: Cœur ensanglanté (Dicentra spectabilis).

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