Meaning of dicentra in English:


Pronunciation /dʌɪˈsɛntrə/


  • A plant of the genus Dicentra (family Fumariaceae ), especially (in gardening) a bleeding heart.

    ‘Gardener Roger Brooks will be around to talk to, there will be a plant sale including dicentras from the national collection and the 15th century church will also be open.’
    • ‘Herbaceous borders are planted with a wide variety of hostas, pelargoniums, ferns, iris, dicentras and spring bulbs.’
    • ‘I cannot get dicentras and pulmonarias to grow well.’
    • ‘This is also a prime time to plant shade-loving perennials such as colorful columbines and dicentras, with their unusual bleeding-heart-shaped flowers.’
    • ‘Plants like astilbes, dicentras and bergenias, which need no staking, spread relatively slowly and are easy to pull up when necessary are ideal.’


Modern Latin, from Greek dikentros, from di- ‘two’ + kentron ‘spur, sharp point’.