Is this dicentra?

adidas(6/7)May 3, 2013

Flower bud looks like a dicentra? I need to know whether to pull (invasive) or to let it spread. It came out of nowhere and in great numbers! Second pic is a blurry pic of its bud...strange shape!

Thanks for any input!

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adidas(6/7)

Its flower bud....blurry bud in the middle....please ignore red leaves...some kind of cherry...

    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 7:50AM
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lycopus(z5 NY)

Looks like a white form of Lamprocapnos spectabilis. Not native but not invasive either.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 2:30PM
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Elly_NJ(NJ z6)

Native.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bleeding heart

    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 5:17PM
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adidas(6/7)

Thank-you lycopus and elly! A bit confused...did Lamprocapnos used to be in the Dicentra genus? It is Lamprocapnos...flowers look like bleeding heart BUT it doesn't have the fern-like leaves of the true dicentra...I think that's what threw me :) ....and one more ? how did it get to me? Do squirrels/deer/birds eat the seeds? I am surrounded by woods...can't see my nearest neighbor, and this stuff didn't exactly choose the shadiest place to grow...but it looks ok...weird...I thought it needed to be in shade to grow!

    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 5:54PM
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lycopus(z5 NY)

Yes, it used to be called Dicentra spectabilis. It's not the same plant as Dicentra formosa or D. eximia, which as you noticed have more finely dissected leaves. Not sure how it got there but it is naturalized in many parts of North America.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 7:20PM
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