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A picture of a Common Bleeding Heart

Common Bleeding Heart

Dicentra formosa

Also known as

Wild Bleeding Heart, Western Bleeding Heart, Pacific Bleeding Heart, Bleeding-Heart

Dicentra formosa 6751 by (talk) (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

9a

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

1m

10cm

Min

50cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Overview

Dicentra formosa is a low maintenance perennial with a spreading habit. It produces attractive arching branches of pendent, rose-pink or white flowers in late spring and early summer.

Common problems

Harvesting

Generally not harvested, flowers can be cut when required for floral arrangements.

Propagation

Division

Divide in spring or after the leaves have died down.

Seed

Sow as soon as the seeds are ripe or in spring.

Special Features

Attractive flowers

Ground cover

Prefers growing in fertile moist soil.

Uses

This clump forming perennial can be used to under plant roses and shrubs in cottage or rock style gardens.