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Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba' - White Bleeding Heart


Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba'

Bleeding Heart

Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba' has been a common, old garden favorite for many years. A late-spring blooming perennial with nodding, puffy, heart-shaped, white flowers with protruding white inner petals begin to bloom in spring. Flowers dangle downward at regular intervals beneath long arching stems. Because foliage goes dormant, it is best to plant bleeding heart among later developing perennials such as hostas and ferns which will fill in as the bleeding heart foliage begins to die back.

Bleeding Heart Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. Prefers moist, humusy soils in part shade. Intolerant of wet soils in winter and dry soils in summer. The foliage usually goes dormant by mid-summer in the St. Louis area, but may die back earlier if soils are allowed to dry out. May self-seed in optimum growing conditions.


24-30 in



24-30 in


Hardiness Zone:

3 - 8

Characteristics & Attributes for Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba'

Partial Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Attracts Wildlife
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Border or Bed
Focal Point
Great Companion Plants for Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba'
Plantain Lily Plantain Lily (Hosta 'Brother Stefan')
Plantain Lily Plantain Lily (Hosta 'Color Festival')
False Spirea False Spirea (Astilbe arendsii 'Heavy Metal')
Plantain Lily Plantain Lily (Hosta 'Blue Umbrellas')
Plantain Lily Plantain Lily (Hosta 'Francee')
Coral Bells Coral Bells (Heuchera villosa 'Plum Pudding')
Tassel fern Tassel fern (Fern, Polystichum polyblepharum )
Blue Sedge Blue Sedge (Carex flacca 'Blue Zinger')
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