University of Illinois Extension

Perennes Comunes

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Old Fashion Bleeding Heart
Dicentra spectabilis


Quick Profile

Exposure
Full Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
 
Mature Height
2 - 3 Feet
 
USDA Hardiness Zones
2 - 9 
 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
 
Foliage Color
Green
Yellow
 
Bloom Color
Pink
White
 
Bloom Season
June - June
 
Size
 

Features

Good specimen plant for the shaded garden. Graceful fern like foliage on a mound shaped plant. Dramatic flowers in late spring, early summer. Unique heart-shaped flowers.

Culture

Does best in a shade to part shade site in soils that are high inorganic mater and remain moist but well drained.

Cultivars

'Alba' 2-3 feet tall white flowers

'Goldheart' 2-3 feet tall pink flowers with golden yellow foliage

Notes

Old fashion bleeding heart will go dormant during the summer. Foliage will turn yellow and die to the ground. May also die to the ground if planted in a dry location. Reported to be deer resistant.