Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)
Bleeding Heart Plant FeaturesBleeding 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 InstructionsBleeding 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.
Super-easy to grow
Complement your Bleeding HeartDianthus, 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.