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What is this To help gardeners understand which plants will grow well for them, the entire USA has been segmented into ‘Plant Hardiness Zones’.

King of Hearts Bleeding Heart

 

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With a compact growth habit, 'King of Hearts' Bleeding Heart produces blooms in arching sprays of hot pink, heart-shaped flowers. Fern-like, emerald green foliage forms a mound and lasts throughout the season in shady areas and woodland gardens. Great in containers and tucked in front of taller plants. (Dicentra)

Zones 2 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Native
Native
Plants for Small Spaces
Plants for Small Spaces
Great for Mass Plantings
Great for Mass Plantings
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 8-10" tall, 12-14" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
SKU ABL41XX

Plant Information

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 bloom in spring to early summer, slowing down or stopping when it begins to get hot, and may rebloom when weather turns cooler in late summer to early fall. In northern climates where temperatures are cooler blooming may occur throughout the summer.

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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ABL41XX
229PER (Bag of 1) - Out of stock.
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Common Name Fernleaf Bleeding Heart King of Hearts
Botanical Name Dicentra King of Hearts
Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color Pink
Flower Size 1" flowers
Mature Height 8-10" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 12-14" wide
Growth Rate Medium
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 Blue-Green
Foliage Blue-green foliage. Foliage goes dormant mid-summer.
Native Yes
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Plants for Small Spaces, Great for Mass Plantings
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested.
Ideal Region Northeast, Pacific Northwest
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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5.0

Wonderful, reliable long bloomers

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from Lakewood, NJ

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Pros

  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

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    Comments about American Meadows King of Hearts Bleeding Heart:

    I have several of these--all ordered from American Meadows. They are the first flowers up in the Spring and bloom all season. I love them and wanted another. Unfortunately, the EXTREMELY pesky squirrels dug this up and killed it before it had a chance. Never had the problem at my previous house, and there were plenty of squirrels there. But the plants are great, and I highly recommend them. I will try again--vigilantly,

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    5.0

    Constant blooms from early May till Fall

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    from Lakewood NJ

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    • Long Bloom Time
    • Low Maintenance
    • Reliable Growth

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        Comments about American Meadows King of Hearts Bleeding Heart:

        These are reliable, lacy, constant bloomers. Easy care, one of my favorites. Highly recommend.

         
        3.0

        did not grow

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        from marvin sd

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        Comments about American Meadows King of Hearts Bleeding Heart:

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

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My Favorites!!!

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        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 King of Hearts Bleeding Heart:

            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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            1.0

            I don't have a green thumb

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            from Dayton, Ohio

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              • None of the 3 grew

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                Comments about American Meadows King of Hearts Bleeding Heart:

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

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                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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