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Bleeding Heart King of Hearts

One of the most popular hybrids, this variety has a dwarf habit and blooms in arching sprays of hot pink, heart-shaped flowers. (Dicentra)

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Details:

Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Plant Size: 12-16" tall, 12-18" wide
Light: Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Bloom Time: Early to late summer
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Details
SKU 229PER
Common Name Fern Leaf Bleeding Heart
Botanical Name Dicentra
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color Pink
Estimated Mature Height 12-16" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 12-18" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Foliage Color Gray-Green
Planting Season Spring, Summer
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Suggested Uses Deer Resistant, Hummingbirds & Butterflies, Borders
Ships to Canada No
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Description
One of the all-time favorites for shade, Bleeding Hearts rise early in spring and bloom in sprays of the famous heart-shaped flowers. Due to the plants ease of cultivation and popularity, various new forms of Bleeding Heart have been developed. King of Hearts is one of the most popular hybrids, with a dwarf habit and hot pink blooms.

Its species name, formosa notwithstanding, this beautiful little plant is a North American native flower. Its also called Pacific Bleeding Heart, and is native from British Columbia down into central California. Aurora is the famous white cultivar with pristine bell-shaped blooms held neatly above the frilly foliage. Luxuriant is the pink version of the same plant. And this one, King of Hearts is the dwarf.

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.

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3.0

did not grow

By shelly

from marvin sd

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        Comments about American Meadows Dicentra King of Hearts - Root:

        i ordered 3 types and only 1 grew would love to try them again

         
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        My Favorites!!!

        By Laura9300

        from Royersford PA

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        Pros

        • Long Bloom Time
        • Low Maintenance
        • Reliable Growth
        • Vivid Colors

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            Comments about American Meadows Dicentra King of Hearts - Root:

            I ordered 7 plants last year. Wonderful bloom early to late summer. Unfortunately one plant did not overwinter. But these are geat low-maintenance bloomers!

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            I don't have a green thumb

            By Bon

            from Dayton, Ohio

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              • None of the 3 grew

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                Comments about American Meadows Dicentra King of Hearts - Root:

                Thought I followed directions, but none of the 3 bareroot plants grew. Very Disappointed

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