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Bleeding Heart

Botanical Name
Dicentra spectabilis
Zones 3 to 9
2 to 3 feet
2 to 3 feet
Late spring to early summer: rose-pink, white; white inner petals that 'bleed' from the tip
Full to part shade (will go dormant earlier in full sun)
Moist, well-drained
Planting & Care
  • Space plants 24 inches apart
  • Deadhead for extended bloom
  • Plant dies down midsummer - use among summer perennials to cover void left by dormant plant
None serious, rot (especially on white cultivars)
  • Alba - white, not as vigorous
  • Pantaloons - white flowers
  • Gold Heart - golden yellow to chartreuse foliage, pink flowers
  • Valentine - red flowers with white tip

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