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Bleeding Heart White

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Add sparkling white flowers to shady areas with this perennial favorite. Combine it with its pink cousin for a particulary pretty spring display. (Dicentra spectabilis)

Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Native
Native
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 24-30" tall, 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
SKU 57PER

Plant Information

This is the white version of the Old-Fashioned Bleeding Heart. Many gardeners enjoy planting both the pink and white together for a startling bi-colored effect with spring bloom. The white flowers are particularly striking in shade against the dark background of trees and shrubs.

Great color in the shade, The Bleeding Hearts. The genus Dicentra, commonly called Bleeding Heart, gives us some of the most treasured plants in America, providing dependable color in moist shade as companions with Hostas and Ferns. There are basically two major types:

1. Most popular and world-famous, is D. spectabilis, a species native to Japan. It is the larger of the two (to about 3 feet,) and has the famous little heart-shaped flowers arrayed along arching stems, a lot like a string of pearls. The large bleeding hearts bloom only in spring, and in some areas, disappear altogether by midsummer, much like Trilliums and Daffodils.
2. The second type, the Fernleaf Bleeding Hearts, are hybrids of North American native wildflowers. They are smaller with finely cut blue-green foliage and similar flowers. However, with the fernleafs, the flowers are more bunched at the top of the stems, more like a dangling bouquet. And best of all, these plants continue to bloom not only in spring, but all summer into fall.

Our native Dicentras are all wonderful wildflowers of woodland shade, from the eastern Dutchmans Breeches and Fringed Bleeding Heart to the Northwests Pacific Bleeding Heart.

These magnificent plants have long been a herald of spring in Zones 2 to 9, a huge area of the US. They are quite easy to grow, as long as woodland conditions are provided. That means some shade, plenty of moisture with good drainage, and rich soil. Once your clumps have become large, you can easily divide the rhizomes after flowering.

Associated SKUs
57PERG
57PER (Bag of 1)
57FPER3 (Bag of 3) - Out of stock.
Common Name Bleeding Heart
Botanical Name Dicentra spectabilis
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color White
Mature Height 24-30" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Foliage Color Green
Native Yes
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Native
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Shipping

Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

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American MeadowsBleeding Heart White
 
3.3

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (5)
  • Healthy (5)
  • Accurate instructions (4)
  • Hardy (3)

Cons

  • Small in size (3)

Best Uses

  • Garden (10)
  • Outdoors (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (6)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

SHOW PIECE OF MY GARDEN

I USE THE WHITE, PINK AND RED AS GRAVE STONE MARKERS AND THEY COME UP EVERY SPRING BIGGER AND BETTER THAN THE YEAR BEFORE. I ALSO USE THEM IN MY HOME GARDEN AS THEY...Read complete review

I USE THE WHITE, PINK AND RED AS GRAVE STONE MARKERS AND THEY COME UP EVERY SPRING BIGGER AND BETTER THAN THE YEAR BEFORE. I ALSO USE THEM IN MY HOME GARDEN AS THEY ARE ONE OF THE MOST DEPENDABLE PERENNIELS GROWN.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor Choice

Had such high hopes for this plant. It came late in the year so didn't grow. I left it in and in hopes that the roots took hold and might grow this season. ...Read complete review

Had such high hopes for this plant. It came late in the year so didn't grow. I left it in and in hopes that the roots took hold and might grow this season. I have had others that grew but, this never did. I bought one for my friend and her plant didn't grow either. I just thought the white was so pretty.

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1.0

Wilted

By 

from Advance NC

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions

Cons

  • Too fragile

Best Uses

  • Garden

Comments about American Meadows Bleeding Heart White:

Didn't make it. Probably was too hot.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
 
1.0

Poor Choice

By 

from Wellsville, NY

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Pros

    Cons

    • Slow to grow
    • Small In Size

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Bleeding Heart White:

    Had such high hopes for this plant. It came late in the year so didn't grow. I left it in and in hopes that the roots took hold and might grow this season. I have had others that grew but, this never did. I bought one for my friend and her plant didn't grow either. I just thought the white was so pretty.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    1.0

    Yes

    By 

    from Holcombe, WI

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions

    Cons

    • Root received extremely dried out

    Best Uses

    • Along bank of lake in a flower bed
    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Bleeding Heart White:

    I love bleeding hearts but this root delivered extremely dried out The red bleeding heart delivered in good condition and came up. Planted in same flower bed as the White Bleeding Heart I received delivered at the same time.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Exactly as pictured

    By 

    from Malden MA

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors

      Comments about American Meadows Bleeding Heart White:

      I planted these as bare roots in the fall last year. Nice plants came up from all 3, with even a few flowers, exactly like the picture. Love them!

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      1.0

      No sign that it has survived

      By 

      from South Central Alaska

      Comments about American Meadows Bleeding Heart White:

      I am an avid gardener, most all other perennials that I have or planted in properly prepared soil have emerged as we are having an early spring. This one has shown no signs of doing so.

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      • Personal
       
      5.0

      BLEEDING HEART WHITE

      By 

      from Oronogo, Mo

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Healthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden

        Comments about American Meadows Bleeding Heart White:

        I hope the bleeding heart has just gone dorment and I will see it next Spring. It was beautiful this Spring among my hostas, astilbes and coral bells.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
         
        2.0

        Disappointing--very.

        By 

        from Missouri

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        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Flimsy
          • Small In Size

          Best Uses

          • Garden

          Comments about American Meadows Bleeding Heart White:

          Plant leafed out hesitantly...and struggled for a time then gave uyp. Not clear if it was pests as the proximal cause, but after 2-3 weeks lukewarm growth, it just shrivelled up and died. HUGELY disappointing!!

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          • Personal
           
          4.0

          these were nice plants

          By 

          from stafford, va

          About Me Avid Gardener

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attractive

          Cons

          • Small In Size

          Best Uses

          • Garden

          Comments about American Meadows Bleeding Heart White:

          out of all the plants I have ordered from you these were the only ones that grew and looked great. too bad you couldn't reply to my other bleeding hearts that never came up and bloomed.

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          • Personal
           
          5.0

          SHOW PIECE OF MY GARDEN

          By 

          from LYNN MASS

          About Me Master Gardener

          Pros

          • Attractive
          • Hardy
          • Healthy
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden

            Comments about American Meadows Bleeding Heart White:

            I USE THE WHITE, PINK AND RED AS GRAVE STONE MARKERS AND THEY COME UP EVERY SPRING BIGGER AND BETTER THAN THE YEAR BEFORE. I ALSO USE THEM IN MY HOME GARDEN AS THEY ARE ONE OF THE MOST DEPENDABLE PERENNIELS GROWN.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
             
            5.0

            White bleeding heart

            By 

            from Pa.

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            Pros

            • Accurate Instructions
            • Attractive
            • Hardy
            • Healthy
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Bloomed Almost 3 Months
              • Garden
              • Larger Than I Imagined
              • Outdoors
              • White Garden Standout

              Comments about American Meadows Bleeding Heart White:

              all your products have been great and good prompt service.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
               
              5.0

              Bleeding Heart White

              By 

              from Orrtanna Pa

              Pros

              • All The Plants Lived
              • Healthy

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Garden

              Comments about American Meadows Bleeding Heart White:

              pleased with my order

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Disappointed

              By 

              from Southport, NC

              Verified Reviewer

              Comments about American Meadows Bleeding Heart White:

              Although we planted site specific, we got nothing in return....very disappointed. Both my husband who is a LA and myself are avid and experience gardeners. Unfortunately this plant which barely grew and a Christmas fern we ordered did extremely poorly.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              White bleeding heart bush

              By 

              from Hooper Utah

              Pros

              • Had A Bloom With First Pl

              Cons

              • Roots Were Broken Up

              Best Uses

                Comments about American Meadows Bleeding Heart White:

                I was surprised to see a bleeding heart on plant the first month while sprouting

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Great Growers!

                By 

                from Tunkhannock, Pa.

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Ground cover

                    Comments about American Meadows Bleeding Heart White:

                    These plants are thriving and growing extremely well.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    1.0

                    very poor

                    By 

                    from Tallassee tn

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Comments about American Meadows Bleeding Heart White:

                    planted either 3 or 6 of each varity (dutchmans britches,white bleeding heart, pink bleeding heart, blue, and red cardinal flower) Only got about 5 sprouts.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    4.0

                    Unusual but Beautiful

                    By 

                    from Virginia Beach, VA

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Comments about American Meadows Bleeding Heart White:

                    I find that these for some reason, just seem harder to get to bloom. I get beautiful plants with no flowers. Having them scattered throughout several gardens, sometimes I forget what is where. Only being able to tell when they bloom. Only saw a couple of these.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    pretty folliage and flower

                    By 

                    from southern california

                    Pros

                    • Pretty and elegant

                    Cons

                    • Not doing well

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about American Meadows Bleeding Heart White:

                      maybe it's the weather(southern california) or soil, this spring i planted two roots in the ground and one in pot, and only the one in the pot made it. it produced a few flowers and then slowly withered. weather in southern california maybe too hot and dry for it.
                      but the foliage and the flower are really attractive and i would try it again in the future.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      very nice

                      By 

                      from omaha, ne

                      Comments about American Meadows Bleeding Heart White:

                      All three took off great & bloomed this season.
                      Still doing well despite drought conditions.

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