Bleeding Heart

Dicentra spectablis

Bleeding Heart - Dicentra spectablis

Common Name: Bleeding Heart
Genus: Dicentra
Species: spectablis

The Greek translation of the word Dicentra refers to the two spur like modifications on the petals of the flowers.

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage
Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.00 m (100 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 1.00 m (100 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: April & May

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Clay/Heavy
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

This herbaceous perennial has fern like, divided, light green leaves. The leaves are produced on arching stems that may need staking. Dicentra spectablis produces bright pink heart shaped flowers in spring and early summer on fishing rod-like flower stalks.

Dicentras are northern hemisphere plants growing from Asia to North America. In their natural habitat they are found in moist soils in the cool margins of woodlands. This dicentra was first introduced in 1816 then disappeared from cultivation but was reintroduced by plant collector Robert Fortune in1846. It soon became one of the most popular garden plants



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