15 responses to “Lamprocapnos spectabilis”

  1. MB Whitcomb

    Gaaaaaa! My brain is tortured enough to learn the Latin, but to have to constantly change…even though I am 20 years too late, I still like to be accurate, lol. Thanks for the story, love the lore and can see all the things described:) Here is a red form I particularly love but never got the cultivar name…maybe someone can help?

  2. Belinda Gallagher

    Where did the ‘Lamprocapnos’ derive from, please? It sure is a mouthful. Belinda

  3. Dylan Norfield

    Many thanks Daniel for your entries. My favourite bleeding heart is Dactylicapnos scandens or as I leant the synonym Dicentra scandens. One of the few climbing bleeding hearts, with plants in Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand growing 3 – 4 metres a year.

  4. Bonnie

    Tried to share this entry with FB, kept waiting and waiting. Then realized I can’t do that in FireFox, no post button.

  5. Irma Palm

    In Sweden it is known as the lieutenants heart.

  6. Richard Old

    My mother taught me this one as “Lady in the bath tub”. See the attached image of the lady with her shoulders bare, in an old fashioned tub.

  7. Samantha

    Love these flowers and we have them in white and pink all over the yard, as they do so well here on the north shore of Long Island. I am planning to plant the red variety, “Valentine” very soon.

  8. Karthik

    Another story about unrequited love : This one is for Nyctanthes arbor-tristis, which has small while flowers with coral red stalks. The flowers blossom (only) at night and by sunrise many of them drop to the ground. Some languages in India use the name “Paarijaatha” or some variant. I had found the following story in a web site a few years ago.

    Another romantic story woven around the tree is about princess
    Pārijāta who fell in love with the sun. When he deserted her, she
    committed suicide and a tree sprung from the ashes. Unable to stand
    the sight of the lover who left her, the tree flowers only at night
    and sheds them like tear-drops before the sun rises.


    1. Pat Collins

      Dried Nyctanthes flowers make a delicious fragrant tea, about half a gram of flowers to a cup of tea.

  9. Wendy Cutler

    Great photo. I love how you can see through the slipper petals, and also how the flowers hang it a row, but you can see on the stem how they’re really spirally arranged.

    1. Anne Elliott

      Thanks for letting me know, Wendy! Lots of interesting information here. Had to smile at the ‘lady in the bathtub’ photo.

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