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Common Bleeding Heart

Dicentra spectabilis

Rows of bright bleeding heart-shaped blooms on arching stems that rise above fern-like foliage.

One of the most popular of old-fashioned garden plants, Bleedinghearts burst into flower in late spring. Plants form a bushy, upright mound of light green foliage, with a somewhat ferny appearance. Dangling bright-pink locket flowers are held on arching stems, and these are excellent for cutting. Performs best in a rich, moist soil with partial shade, or at least protection from hot afternoon sun. After flowering, the plants should be sheared back to 6 inches tall, to rejuvenate the foliage. Even still, these often go completely dormant by midsummer, to return again the following spring.As an interesting sidenote, botanists have decided to change the name of the plant to Lamprocapnos spectabilis. Here at Heritage Perennials, we'll be waiting for a while to see if the new name sticks before we start calling it that.

Characteristics:

Bloom Time:

Blooms late spring to early summer

Mature Height:

27-35 Inches

Hardiness Zone:

2-9 Find your zone

Exposure:

Partial Sun,Partial Shade

Features and Usage:

Greenhouse Growing Instructions:

Begin at 48-55° F to promote new root growth. Keep evenly moist and provide 50% shade. Once plants are actively growing, feed at 100-150 ppm N with each watering. Plants generally finish in 6-8 weeks based on growing conditions.
Plants Per Gallon: 1
Storage Temperature Prior to Planting: 28
Cooler Humidity Prior to Planting: Low

Transplanting Instructions:

Plant in well draining organically rich potting soil. Handle carefully, keep eyes slightly below the soil surface and spread roots downward in the pot. Once planted, water immediately and apply a broad spectrum fungicide to avoid crown and root rot.

Homeowner Planting and Maintenance Tips:

Easy to grow in well-drained soil in morning sun or partial shade.

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We have done our best to describe this plant as accurately as possible, however, different climates
and growing conditions in different parts of the country will affect height, bloom time, and color.