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Dicentra chrysantha

Golden Eardrops
Papaveraceae
Perennials, Flowers

DICENTRA

Bleeding hearts are delicate-looking plants, with graceful, divided, fernlike foliage. Dainty pendent flowers, usually heart shaped, in pink, rose, yellow, or white on leafless, horizontal to arching stems. In general, dicentras need rich, light, moist, porous soil. Never let water stand around roots. Foliage dies down even in mild-winter climates; mark clumps to avoid digging into roots in dormant season. Short-lived in mild-winter areas.

Dicentra chrysantha

Native to the inner coast ranges and Sierra Nevada foothills of California. Erect plant with sparse, blue-gray, divided leaves on stout, hollow, 4–5-ft. stems. Golden yellow, short-spurred flowers are held upright in large clusters. Grows to 1 1/2 ft. wide. Requires warmth. Unlike many dicentras, this species needs soil that is not too rich; make sure drainage is good. Plant has deep taproot and does not need irrigation during its flowering in spring and summer. Seed is available from wildflower specialists.

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