DICENTRA SPECTABILIS BLEEDING HEART PLANT SHADE PERENNIAL LARGE ROOTS (2-3 EYES)
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- Botanical Name: Dicentra spectabilis
- Common Name: Bleeding Heart
- Bloomtime: April to May
- Flower: Pink hearts in abundance!
- Plant Height: 24 to 36 inches
- Foliage: Dark green
- Plant size: #1 Bare Root (2-3 eyes)
- Requirements: Partial shade. Evenly moist in rich, fertile soil for best results.
- Suggested use: Shade border, Woodland, Wild or Native Garden
- Life-cycle: Perennial
- Multiply: Yes
- USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. Prefers moist, humusy soils in part shade. Intolerant of wet soils in winter and dry soils in summer. The foliage usually goes dormant by mid-summer in the St. Louis area, but may die back earlier if soils are allowed to dry out. May self-seed in optimum growing conditions.
Dicentra spectabilis has been a common, old garden favorite for many years. It is native to Japan. This is a late spring blooming perennial which typically grows to 24-36" tall and to 18-24" wide. Well established plants can be much larger. Nodding, puffy, heart-shaped, rose-pink flowers with protruding white inner petals begin bloom in spring before the leaves emerge. Flowers dangle downward at regular intervals beneath long arching stems. Compound, biternate green leaves.
Synonymous with and formerly known as Dicentra spectabilis.
Specific epithet means spectacular or showy.
The common name is in reference to the protruding white inner petal on each heart-shaped flower which purportedly gives the flower the appearance of a "bleeding heart".
Tall growing plants are excellent background plant for shady, moist spots in the border or in a woodland, wild or native plant garden. Plant as a specimen or in groups along streams or water gardens.
Knowing your Hardy Zone
Best for the shaded border or woodland garden. Because foliage goes dormant, it is best to plant this bleeding heart through a loose ground cover or among later developing perennials such as hostas and ferns which will fill in as the bleeding heart foliage begins to die back.