BLEEDING HEART

FAMILY: Papaveraceae | GENUS: DICENTRA

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Partial Shade
  • Full Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water

Plant Details

Graceful, fernlike foliage. Leafless stems carry dainty, pendent flowers, usually heart shaped and to 1 inches long, in pink, rose, yellow, or white. Combine handsomely with ferns, hostas, astilbes, epimediums, foam- flowers (Tiarella), hellebores. In general, they need rich, light, moist, porous soil. Never let water stand around roots.

squirrel corn

dicentra canadensis

  • Zones US, MS; USDA 6-7.
  • Native from North Carolina to Missouri, Minnesota, and Canada.
  • Reaches just 68 inches tall and wide, growing from small tubers resembling ears of corn.
  • White, perfectly heart-shaped flowers in early spring.
  • Foliage dies back after flowering.
  • Locate in ground cover or other area where shallow-growing tubers will not be disturbed.
  • Prefers slightly alkaline soil.

fringed bleed- ing heart

dicentra eximia

  • Zones US, MS, LS, CS; USDA 6-9.
  • Native to northeastern U.S. Forms tidy clump 11 feet high and wide.
  • Blue-gray basal leaves are more finely divided than those of Dicentra formosa.
  • Big, deep rose-pink flowers with short, rounded spurs bloom from midspring into summer.
  • Cut back for second growth and occasional repeat bloom.
  • Self-sows.

western bleeding heart

dicentra formosa

  • Zones US, MS, LS, CS; USDA 6-9.
  • Native to moist woods along Pacific Coast.
  • To 1 feet tall, 3 feet or wider.
  • Blue-green foliage.
  • Blooms in spring, bearing clusters of pendulous pale or deep rose flowers on reddish stems.
  • Spreads freely by rhizomes and seeding, forming large colonies.
  • Zestful is everblooming, with deep rose flowers.
  • Dicentra f.
  • oregana grows to 1 feet tall, has silvery green leaves and cream-colored flowers that are tipped with purple.

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  • hybrids.
  • Zones US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8.
  • Dicentra eximia and Dicentra formosa cross freely to yield hybrids, many of which have been named.
  • The following are among the most commonly cultivated; they grow 11 feet high and 12 feet across (eventually spreading more widely) and bloom from spring into summer.

Bacchanal

  • Finely cut gray-green leaves and dark red flowers.

Bountiful

  • Dark blue-green foliage and purplish pink to dusky red flowers.

Burning Hearts

  • Compact with blue-gray foliage.
  • Rose-red flowers lined with white.

King of Hearts

  • Lacy blue-green leaves and big flowers in deep pink.

Luxuriant

  • Medium to dark green leaves and red flowers.

Dicentra scandens

  • See Dactylicapnos scandens.

Dicentra spectabilis

  • See Lamprocapnos spectabilis.

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