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Dicentra formosa

Western Bleeding Heart
Perennials, Flowers


Delicate looking plants. 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 formosa

Native to moist woods along Pacific Coast. To 1 1/2 ft. high, 3 ft. or wider. Blue-green foliage. Inspring, leafless flower stalkshold clusters of pendulous paleor deep rose flowers on reddishstems. Spreads freely by rhizomes and seeding, forminglarge colonies. ‘Bacchanal’ hasfinely cut, gray-green leaves anddark red flowers. ‘Langtrees’has silvery green foliage andwhite flowers shaded pink.‘Zestful’ is everblooming, withdeep rose flowers. D. f. oregana grows to 1 ft. high, has silvery green leaves and cream-colored flowers that are tipped with purple.

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