Wild Bleeding Heart

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This is the wild, pink-flowered native with finely cut foliage and a bushy, mounding habit; also called Fringed Bleeding Heart. (Dicentra eximia)
Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Native
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
Plants For Small Spaces
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size12-18" tall , 18-24" wide
Bloom TimeLate spring to early summer
SizeBag of 1
SKUAM014334

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Plant Information
This is the wild, pink-flowered native with finely cut foliage and a bushy, mounding habit. Also called Fringed Bleeding Heart, this beautiful wildflower sometimes makes even a more spectacular show than the taller Pink Bleeding Heart, since it is more compact, and can literally cover itself with flowers if well-grown. Perfect for the front of the shady border.

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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SKUAM014334
Item Package Size
Bag of 1
Common Name
Wild Bleeding Heart
Botanical Name
Dicentra eximia
Zones
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color
Pink
Mature Height
12-18" tall
Estimated Mature Spread
18-24" 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
Potted Plant
Foliage
Green fern-like foliage. Foliage goes dormant mid-summer.
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet, Well Draining
Tolerates
Humidity
Advantages
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant, Plants For Small Spaces
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested.
Item Unit
Plant
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