Thursday, June 16, 2022

The Legend of Dicentra

This plant is quite popular with gardeners all over the world.

 

The scientific name of this unusual flower is Dicentra, which is translated from Greek as “double spur” - if you look closely, you can see two spurs on the sides of the flower. Due to its unusual colors, the Dicentra appears in various legends, and it has different names. 

 In France -     "Zhannette's heart", 

in Russia -       "Broken heart", 

in Poland -       "Lady's slipper", 

in Holland -      "Dutch pants", 

in Germany -    "Lady's pendant".

in UK ans USA - "Bleeding heart" 



The French have a legend about the beautiful girl Jeannette.

One day, going into the forest for berries, the girl got lost. Carefully she tried to get out of the thicket - the path seemed to be gone. She was completely exhausted and dozed off in a clearing, when suddenly, a hunting dog jumped out into this clearing. And behind him rode a beautiful young man on a horse, who put the girl on his horse and took her to the outskirts of the village where she lived. At parting, he kissed young Jeannette tightly, and she immediately fell in love with her savior.  

After this incident, she daily dreamed of meeting him, and at the end of the week she finally saw - a magnificent wedding procession was riding through the village - Jeannette's savior flaunted on a horse in front, and his beautiful chosen one rode next to him. Jeannette's heart broke from grief, and an unusual Dicentra grew in the place where it happened.

 

  

There are 20 types of Dicentra, the color of flowers also varies - there are white flowers, yellow, pink, and dark red.
By planting Dicentra in their front garden, gardeners not only decorate it with beautiful flowers, but also, possibly, contribute to their happiness.

Do you grow this plant in your garden? What does this mean for you? 

 

26 comments:

  1. The common name used here is Bleeding Heart.

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    1. This name is popular in many places, David.

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  2. A very beautiful plant. I also have it in my garden.
    In my country, it is called: Magnificent Hearts.
    Have a nice weekend:)

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    1. I love this name 'Magnificent Hearts', Lucja. Hugs.

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  3. I have three different colors of this plant in my garden. White, pink and light pink. I love them all, Nadezda.

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    1. Marit, you have got a pretty collection of Dicentra. I imagine how beautiful your flowers are.

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  4. Eine sehr schöne Geschichte über diese so außergewöhnliche Blume.
    Hier heißt sie Tränendes Herz

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    1. I'm glad you've dropped on my blog. Thank you.

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  5. Hello Nadezda ... we call it Bleeding Heart here in Canada and I do have a couple of varieties of it. Seeing it burst forth in Spring is a wonderful event. Did you leave me a note to email you ? .. I'm wasn't sure if it was you or not ? LOL

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    1. Joy, this flower is a wonderful plant, I agree. And yes, I did wrote you my e-mail

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  6. Qui ne teniamo diverse varietà ma il caldo e le canicole d'estate le mandano in sofferenza. Negli ultimi anni è sempre peggio, bisogna bagnare spesso anche se i comuni non sempre lo permettono...

    Ti auguro però un'ottima estate :)

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    1. I know Dicentra is hard to grow in your place, Gabriel. Of course, they feel bad in the heat. It rains here and it's cool.

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  7. Creo que por aquí no la he visto. Es una planta preciosa, me gustaría tenerla. Besos.

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    1. Sí, es hermoso, Teresa. Creo que Dicentra está en los catálogos españoles de flores.

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  8. What a lovely and sad story. I only have one pink in my garden. Unfortunately it does not like the new, dry climate changes.
    Lisbeth

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    1. My dicentra loves cool and rainy weather, Lisbeth. But I do not.

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  9. I've heard them referred to as lady in the bath as it is reckoned that the upturned flowers resemble that.

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  10. Enjoyed the other comments! especially the last. That is one plant I do not have here at the Gardens at Waters East.

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  11. Hi Nadezda,
    It's a wonderful plant, unfortunately I've never seen it other than in photos.

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    1. Sure you will like it seeing in the gardens, Maria. Hugs.

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  12. Dicentra is a wonderfully sweet and delicate plant. We had a pink one in our garden in Italy. I hope to have white ones in a shady corner of the woodland garden. Happy Midsummer, Nadezda!

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    1. Thank you Sara for reminding me that it's Midsummer and there are many traditional holidays on this day.
      I would like to have white Dicentra as well. Hugs.

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  13. Que bonita, tiene un color precioso.No recuerdo haberla visto amiga. Linda y triste leyenda tiene.
    Buen jueves Nadezda.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Si, Laura la flor es preciosa. Buena semana.

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