Herbaceous perennial pink flowers

Introduced to Great Britain from its native origins in China by plant collector Robert Fortune in 1846, you may know and perhaps be more familiar with Dicentra Spectabilis by its common name bleeding heart, so called because of the heart shaped pink flowers which hang from it's arching stems. This herbaceous perennial is a spectacular early flowerer from spring to the early days of summer. However it should be noted that by mid and certainly late summer the Dicentras show is very much over, so care should be taken in finding the right place to plant it. In winter it disappears completely into the ground reappearing again in March. It will tolerate most soil types but light loamy and slightly alkaline is its ideal. Thrives in full sun or partially shaded cool moist areas.Dicentra Spectabilis Alba is the most common white flowered variety. Its leaves have a lime green colour and almost fern like quality and planted in a partially shaded cool border or woodland glade will usually have a longer flowering time and can maintain its leaves later than its pink cousin.
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Blue Dick

2008-04-09 08:24:22 by --

A.K.A.: Dichelostemma capitatum
Blue Dick is an herbaceous perennial growing from an underground corm to a height of as much as 60 cm. It has 2–3 leaves which are 10–40 cm long. The inflorescence is head- or umbel-like, and dense. It usually contains 2 to 15 flowers, which have a blue, blue-purple, pink-purple, or white perianth. The flower tube is 3–12 mm and is narrowly cylindrical to campanulate. Flowers have six fertile stamens, deeply notched, lanceolate, white, angled inward, slightly reflexed at tip, with outer filaments wider at the base

Nope, herbaceous flowering plant

2012-05-06 19:58:43 by -

The banana plant is the largest herbaceous flowering plant.[4] The plants are normally tall and fairly sturdy and are often mistaken for trees, but their main or upright stem is actually a pseudostem that grows 6 to 7.6 metres (20 to 24.9 ft) tall, growing from a corm. Each pseudostem can produce a single bunch of bananas. After fruiting, the pseudostem dies, but offshoots may develop from the base of the plant. Many varieties of bananas are perennial.

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