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Dicentra spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ (photo courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc.)
Dicentra spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ (photo courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc.)

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Dicentra spectabilis

Common Bleeding Heart
Fumariaceae
Perennials

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 spectabilis

Native to Japan. Old garden favorite; the showiest and largest-leafed of all bleeding hearts. Grows to 2–3 ft. high, 3 ft. wide; stems are set with soft green leaves. Blooms in late spring, bearing flowers on one side of arching stems—rose pink, pendulous, heart shaped, with protruding white inner petals.

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