One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- ‘This is also a prime time to plant shade-loving perennials such as colorful columbines and dicentras, with their unusual bleeding-heart-shaped flowers.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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’.
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