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Dicentra spectabilis - Bleeding Heart

Perennials

Dicentra spectabilis

Bleeding Heart

Dicentra spectabilis has been a popular, old-fashioned garden favorite for many years. Rose pink, nodding, heart-shaped flowers with protruding white inner petals borne on one side of and hanging in a row from long, arching, stems appear above the foliage in mid to late spring.  

Performs best in a rich, moist soil with partial shade, or at least protection from hot afternoon sun. After flowering, Bleeding Heart should be cut back to rejuvenate the foliage. Even still, these often go completely dormant by midsummer, to return again the following spring. Reliably deer resistant too!

Bleeding Heart Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. Prefers moist soil in part shade.

Height:

24-36 Inches

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Spread:

18-30 Inches

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Hardiness Zone:

3 - 8

Characteristics & Attributes for Dicentra spectabilis

Exposure
Partial Shade
Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Spring
Attributes
Specimen
Container
Cut Flower
Focal Point
Mass Planting
Border or Bed
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Periwinkle Periwinkle (Vinca minor 'Bowles')
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Plantain Lily Plantain Lily (Hosta 'Lakeside Paisley Print')
Sedge Sedge (Carex oshimensis 'Evergold')
Golden Japanese Spikenard Golden Japanese Spikenard (Aralia cordata 'Sun King')
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