Bleeding Heart

An easy ornemental herbaceous, loved for its funny-looking flowers!
Common name : Bleeding Heart
Scientific name : Dicentra spectabilis
Family : Papaveraceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Pruning needed
Pruning needed
Flowery
Flowery
Frost resistant
Frost resistant
Dicentra spectabilis (now listed as Lamprocapnos spectabilis) - the bleeding heart - is a species of flowering plant in the poppy family Papaveraceae native to Siberia, northern China, Korea and Japan. It is the sole species in the genus, and valued in gardens and in floristry for its heart-shaped pink and white flowers, borne in spring. It is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial growing to 120 cm (47 in) tall, with 3-lobed compound leaves on fleshy green to pink stems, and arching horizontal racemes of up to 20 pendent flowers with bright fuchsia-pink outer petals and white inner ones, strikingly resemble the conventional heart shape – hence the common name. The pure white-flowered 'Alba', somewhat more robust than the species, is a popular cultivar.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 5a
Height 60 - 120
pH 7

Identify my bleeding heart

Recognizable by its very decorative pink and white flowers, the bleeding heart - Dicentra spectabilis L. of his scholarly name! - is a perennial of the family Papaveraceae - cousin of the poppy!

Plant my bleeding heart

Plant Dicentra spectabilis in spring or fall for items purchased in buckets, in fresh and draining soil in the sun or semi shade. Prefer planting in the fall to promote rooting before winter. If you plant in the spring, avoid periods of frost.

Water my bleeding heart

It may be necessary, at the resumption of vegetation and during flowering, to sprinkle copiously the bleeding hearts-in a well-drained soil. For potted bulbs and indoors, water weekly during the growing season.

Mulch my bleeding heart

A light mulching on a well-drained soil will limit evaporation and watering requirements. Install it in April-May. 3-4 cm of mulch will suffice. For the winter, mulch if you fear the frosts. Do not try to dig up the rhizomes to unroot your bleeding hearts, they do not really need it, and you could damage them: they are fragile!

Prune my bleeding heart

Vigilant deadheading will prolong the blooming period !

Propagate my bleeding heart

In March, it is possible to multiply the dicentras by dividing the tuft with a spade. Be careful though, only make this on fairly solid plants: the rhizome is brittle and quite fragile.

Fertilize my bleeding heart

Feed the soil by adding compost, or use a liquid fertilizer just after flowering.

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