The common name 'Bleeding Heart' is in reference to the protruding inner petals of the heart-shaped flower, which has the appearance of a "bleeding heart." Except in the far northern part of its range, the foliage usually goes dormant no later than mid-summer. It is best for the shaded border or woodland garden. Because foliage goes dormant, it is best to plant this bleeding heart through a loose ground cover or among later developing perennials such as hostas and ferns which will fill in as the bleeding heart foliage begins to die back. Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade.