Bleeding Heart Valentine

 
Red Bleeding Heart Valentine, Dicentra spectabilis Valentine, Fern Leaf Bleeding Heart

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A compact variety with dark green leaves and fragrant, deep red flowers. New variety Bleeding Heart for any shade garden. PPAF (Dicentra spectabilis)

Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Fragrant
Fragrant
Native
Native
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 16-18" tall, 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Size Bag of 1 - Root Size: 2-3 eyes
SKU 8DIC

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.

SKU 8DIC
Common Name Fern Leaf Bleeding Heart
Botanical Name Dicentra spectabilis Valentine
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color Red
Mature Height 16-18" 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
Foliage Dark green foliage with a tint of gray.
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Fragrant, Native
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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American MeadowsBleeding Heart Valentine
 
3.4

(based on 7 reviews)

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67%

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5.0

Lovely red flowers

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from Malden, MA

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Bleeding Heart Valentine:

    I planted the bare root in a spot that gets only morning sun (zone 6). A nice little plant grew up, and I didn't water it much over a hot dry summer, so I was pleased to see it up and flowering this year. Red color exactly matches the advertised description.

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    4.0

    Will Try Again

    By 

    from Bradenton, FL

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about American Meadows Bleeding Heart Valentine:

        I was unable to tend to the plants properly because I was called out of town on a family emergency. I was disappointed when I returned that they did not survive. They sprouted beautifully, however the Florida heat and no rain for 2 weeks was not a good thing. I will try again when they are available for purchase.

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        3.0

        Neat Plant,Did not work

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        from Columbia,SC

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        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Garden

          Comments about American Meadows Bleeding Heart Valentine:

          I don't think it was the plant. I planted it in shade, w/minimal sunlight. However, this SC summer was one of the hottest I ever remember. Despite watering the area sufficiently, it died. Hopefully it will come back next year and we will have a normal spring/summer here in SC, so it will thrive.

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          2.0

          Slow to show any growth

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          from NH

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          Pros

            Cons

            • Small In Size

            Best Uses

              Comments about American Meadows Bleeding Heart Valentine:

              Although I followed the planting instructions and planted in the same garden as an established, flourishing bleeding heart this plant was slow to grow. I'd pretty much given up on it when I finally saw some growth.

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              5.0

              Love it, bloomed shortly after planted

              By 

              from Afton TN

              Pros

              • Large Root Ready For Plan

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Beatiful

                Comments about American Meadows Bleeding Heart Valentine:

                Looked great in the location where I put it.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                i grown flower is pink not RED

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                from San Jose CA.

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                Comments about American Meadows Bleeding Heart Valentine:

                i grown flower is pink not RED

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Attracts wild life

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                from DeWitt Iowa

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                Comments about American Meadows Bleeding Heart Valentine:

                Grew very well - started easily in greenhouse. Nice plants (haven't bloomed yet so can't comment on color). The bare roots I purchased were "burning hearts" not bleeding hearts -chosen for all red bloom color. Unfortunately, 2 of the 6 I purchased were ripped out of the ground & destroyed by raccoons. Need caged to protect from raccoons, etc.

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                USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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