Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)

Bleeding Heart Plant Features

Bleeding hearts are an outstanding choice for adding color and texture to shady or woodland settings. All species have incredibly attractive, deeply cut foliage with charming pink heart-shaped flowers in the spring. There are various sizes available and hybrids have been developed over the years to expand the range of flower colors and increase the blooming period. Plan for the plants to go dormant during the heat of summer by planting close to other plants that can "fill in the gap" for a while, such as Hosta or Hellebores. The Dicentra will return when the weather cools again in the spring.

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Bleeding Heart Growing Instructions

Bleeding heart prefers a shady spot in the garden with rich, slightly moist soil. Mulch the plants to maintain consistent soil moisture and mark their planting bed so you don't accidentally dig them up after they go dormant in late summer. In the right conditions some bleeding heart can grow 3 to 4 feet tall so you might need to stake them to prevent the plants from sprawling over their neighbors.

Bleeding heart is not recommended for human or animal consumption.
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    Outside: Shade

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  • Special Features

    Colorful foliage

    Deer/rabbit resistant

    Super-easy to grow

Complement your Bleeding Heart

Dianthus, Annual
Dianthus makes a perky partner for Bleeding Heart.

Popping up in early spring, Hosta looks terrific interplanted with Bleeding Heart.

Give your shade border a big boost of color by planting Hellebore and Bleeding Heart in the same bed.

Our favorite varieties

Amore Pink Bleeding Heart

Amore Pink Bleeding Heart

Dicentra 'Amore Pink'

Amore Pink bleeding heart is a fernleaf variety that forms a tidy mound of blue-green foliage topped by clusters of soft pink blooms all spring and summer in mild cliamtes. In hot-summer climates, it produces fewer blooms in the heat. Amore Pink grows 14 inches tall and wide. Zones 5-9

Old-Fashioned Bleeding Heart

Old-Fashioned Bleeding Heart

Dicentra spectabilis

Old-fashioned bleeding heart is a long-lived shade perennial that produces loads of heart-shaped candy-pink flowers in April and May. In mild climates, it keeps its lovely blue-green foliage all summer and autumn, but in hot-summer areas, it goes dormant. It grows 4 feet tall and wide. Zones 3-9

Valentine Old-Fashioned Bleeding Heart

Valentine Old-Fashioned Bleeding Heart

Dicentra spectabilis 'Valentine'

Valentine bleeding heart features more red-pink flowers than the typical variety. It blooms in early spring and grows 36 inches tall and wide. Zones 3-8