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Dicentra spectabilis

Bleeding Heart-Old Fashioned

  • Pink and white classic shaped bleeding heart blooms
  • Blooms late Spring to early Summer
  • Best in half shade

Bleeding Heart-Old Fashioned Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Dicentra is most at home in woodland settings. It likes rich, loose soil that is evenly moist but also well-drained. At planting time, add lots of compost, humus, or peat moss to the soil to enhance its water retention capabilities. Plants will not grow well in heavy clay soils. Dicentra should be planted in locations that are protected from high winds and early frosts, such as the edges of woodlands or on the north or east sides of buildings. It may be propagated by division in either spring or fall, taking great care to keep the fleshy roots intact when transplanting. If spent flowers are not removed, small pods develop and drop their seeds when mature and dry. If these seeds are left undisturbed, they will germinate the following spring. The resulting plantlets are easy to transplant while they are still small.


18-24 Inches


18-24 Inches

Bloom Color:

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Characteristics & Attributes for Dicentra spectabilis

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Hummingbirds


  • Edging
  • Border or Bed
  • Mass Planting

Critter Resistance:

  • Squirrel Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Partial Sun

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Spring Bloomer

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water