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Dicentra formosa 'Spring Gold'

Dicentra formosa 'Spring Gold'

Family:  Papaveraceae
Main Season:  Spring
Flower Colour:  Pink
Leaf Colour:  Yellow
Foliage:  Deciduous
Position:  Shade
Soil Type:  Good, moist, humus-rich
Height:  15cm to 30cm (6" to 12")
Peat Free?  Not yet
Hardiness Guide:  RHS H5 minimum -10C to -15C
Pot Size:  9cm



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Delicate, ferny foliage emerges soft golden yellow in early spring and tones down by the time the pink flowers appear a little later. Slowly increasing woodlander for decent soil in shade. 30cm.

These low growing, patch forming types of Dicentra are always good at providing good flowers over many weeks in spring and many of them have attractive ferny grey foliage too but 'Spring Gold' goes a step further.  The best yellow foliage is certainly on the new growth but if you grow it with normal forms then you can see the difference well into summer.

Although the main flowering season is spring, if the summer isn't too dry then there is a good chance of flowers continuing into autumn.  On the other hand a long hot, dry, spell in summer can force the plant into early dormancy, don't panic, once the soil gets damp again in autumn some new foliage will be produced.

Found at Beth Chatto's garden in Essex.