Bleeding Heart Plant – Cold-Hardy Perennial
The beautiful bleeding heart plant (also known as
Dicentra spectabilis) is a perennial shrub featuring heart-shaped
vibrant pink or bright white flowers with a long petal extending below
The attractive fern like foliage is blue green in color.
spectabilis grows up to 2-3 feet, with a spread of 1 - 3 feet wide. In
late spring to early summer it produces horizontal, slightly curved
stems lined with the amazing pendulous, heart-shaped flowers.
plant is native to Asia. It can be planted year-round in USDA Hardiness
Zones 3 – 9. In the landscape it can be planted and displayed in a
container, or used as a bedding or border planting.
heart plants are very easy to maintain, even for the casual gardener.
They bloom in early spring and summer before dying back, and will
reappear for years to come with proper care.
Dicentra spectabilis – Basic Tips and Care Information
Bleeding Heart Plants get their common name for the spectacular
heart-shaped flowers with long petals extending below the heart.
long petals give the appearance of a bleeding heart. The flowers bloom
on curving stems in the late spring to early summer months.
Once they become established, they are relatively easy to care for and
Bleeding Heart Plant does well in light to medium shade.
half an inch of water per week from regular watering or from rainfall
is ideal. Check soil moisture just under the soil surface to see if you
need to water. If plant is well mulched it will not need to watered as
frequently. This plant blooms longer and keeps healthier foliage if the
soil is kept evenly moist.
spectabilis performs best when planted in the spring or fall in moist,
rich, well-drained soil in a location that receives partial to full
in early-spring - handful of general-purpose, slow-acting granular
fertilizer should be sufficient. Sprinkle the fertilizer onto the soil
around each plant – water the soil after applying the fertilizer. This
will provide consistent nutrition over the season
protect the soil, spread a one to two inch layer of mulch (chopped
leaves, wood chips, or shredded bark, or dried grass) close to the base
of the plant. This will help to conserve moisture and prevent weeds.
easiest way to acquire more bleeding heart plants is to divide the root
balls. After four to five years the root systems become large and
Dig up the mass of roots in early spring (when new
growth is beginning). Carefully pull them apart in clumps of
approximately six inches. Set the divided plants back into the soil,
making sure they are spaced properly. Discard any old, withered roots
(usually located near the center of the root ball.
grown in the proper environment, this plant requires minimal
maintenance. Cut back the foliage when it yellows and collapses –
usually around mid-summer.
Display and Usage
Dicentra spectabilis in mixed perennial beds or use as a border
planting. A cool location that receives light to medium shade is ideal.
This plant can also be displayed outdoors in containers.
Bleeding Heart Plants For
||'Burning Hearts' $25.95 - Bleeing
Heart Burning Hearts, Dicentra 'Burning Hearts', adds color to the
front of your shade border. This neat, compact dicentra blooms from mid
spring until the first frost. Dicentra 'Burning Hearts' PPAF has deep
rose-red, heart-shaped blossoms that are suspended on curved stems over
the feathery blue-grey foliage.
||Bleeding Heart 'Gold Heart' $24.95
- The Bleeding Heart 'Gold Heart', Dicentra spectabilis 'Gold Heart'
(CPBR#0974), is a fast-growing perennial with rose pink, heart-shaped
flowers. The blooms look wonderful against its bright gold foliage.
||Pink Bleeding Heart $29.95 - The
Bleeding Heart Spectabilis, 'Dicentra ‘spectabilis’, is a fast-growing
perennial with pink, heart-shaped flowers. It is the most common
variety in its species. The blooms look wonderful against its grayish