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Dicentra (Bleeding Heart) – formosa ‘Aurora’

The Bleeding Heart, Dicentra formosa ‘Aurora’, is a fast-growing perennial with creamy white, flowers. Prized for their long season of bloom, these compact clump-forming plants are a mass of flowers in spring and fall with intermittent blooms during the summer. Blooming is especially heavy if spent blossoms are picked off. The blooms look wonderful against its grayish-green foliage. Dicentra ‘Aurora’ has a plant height of 14″ and a width of 20″. This is a fast-growing, dwarf perennial with arching stems of heart-shaped flowers from late spring to late summer. The blue-green, fern-like foliage forms a soft mound, and is a lovely foil to other plants. Aurora is easy to grow and it looks great planted in mass as a groundcover at the front of a shady border or as part of a cottage garden scheme. As long as the ground is kept moist, it will thrive in full sun or partial shade. Dicentra will bloom from May to September and is a major attractor to butterflies. ‘Aurora’ makes excellent cut flowers, in mass with groundcovers, or in potted containers. Being an old fashioned plant, it is a must in any landscape.


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Plant Details +

Size 2-3 eye
Height 14"
Spacing 20"
Hardiness Zones 3-9
Exposure Partial Shade to Partial Sun
Foliage Blue-Green, Fern-Like
Flower Creamy, white
Bloomtime May-August

General Information +

Botanical: Dicentra formosa 'Aurora'

Common: Bleeding Heart

Family: Fumariaceae

General Characteristics: Dicentra are most at home in woodland settings. It likes rich, loose soil that is evenly moist but also well-drained. 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. Excellent for edging in semi-shaded garden.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: Deer Resistant, Squirrel Resistant and Rabbit Resistant. No serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to aphid infestations. Good soil drainage is essential for plant survival.

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Partial shade with rich, organic, moist soil. Will tolerate full sun if given enough moisture. Does not like wet soil in the winter or dry soil in the summer. Mulch plants for the first winter so they will become established.