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If tulips, daffodils and forget-me-nots bloom in our gardens, you should not miss the Bleeding Heart, with its fresh green, feathered leaves and distinctive heart-shaped flowers. For many, the perennial is the epitome of a nostalgic cottage garden plant.
It did not reach China until the middle of the 19th century. The decorative appearance, its longevity and robustness then ensured a rapid spread in the rest of Europe. To this day, Dicentra spectabilis, recently named Lamprocapnos spectabilis by botanists, has surprisingly few varieties. Our tip: the variety 'Valentine' with strong red heart blossoms.
The dark bumblebee, here on a violet flower, bites holes in the flowers of the Bleeding Heart to get to the nectar
Who eats the flowers?
Depending on the species, bumblebees have a short or long trunk and can therefore only visit flowers with short or long petals to reach the nectar at the flower base. Although some bumblebees, such as the dark bumblebee, have a short trunk, they may be "nectar robbers" on certain plants, such as the Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis). To do this, they bite a small hole in the flower near the nectar source and thus reach the now exposed nectar without having contributed to the pollination. This behavior is called nectar robbery. It does not damage the plant sustainably, but at best reduces the pollination rate slightly.