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Dicentra spectabilis


Old-fashioned Bleedingheart

USDA Zone: 2-9

Plant number: 1.187.050


One of the most popular of old-fashioned garden plants, Bleedinghearts burst into flower in late spring. Plants form a bushy, upright mound of light green foliage, with a somewhat ferny appearance. Dangling bright-pink locket flowers are held on arching stems, and these are excellent for cutting. Performs best in a rich, moist soil with partial shade, or at least protection from hot afternoon sun. After flowering, the plants should be sheared back to 6 inches tall, to rejuvenate the foliage. Even still, these often go completely dormant by midsummer, to return again the following spring.As an interesting sidenote, botanists have decided to change the name of the plant to Lamprocapnos spectabilis.  Here at Heritage Perennials, we'll be waiting for a while to see if the new name sticks before we start calling it that.

Further details for
Dicentra spectabilis


Optimal Growing
Conditions
Appearance and
Characteristics
Sun Exposure
  Partial Shade
Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy or
  Clay
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
  Acid
Soil Moisture
  Average or
  Moist
Care Level
  Easy
Flower Colour
  Deep Pink
  White
Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Late Spring
Foliage Color
  Light Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Border
  Containers
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Rabbit Resistant
  Massed
  Poisonous/Toxic
  Specimen
  Woodland
Flower Head Size
  Very Large
Height
   70-90 cm
   27-35 inches
Spread
   70-90 cm
   27-35 inches
Foot Traffic
   None

Growth Rate
   Medium


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