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Dicentra (Bleeding Heart) – ‘Formosa’

With graceful, fern-like foliage, this is the ballerina of native plants. The heart shaped deep rose pink flowers on faint purplish stems hang delicately from the arching, blue-green foliage. Arising in the spring and often melting away in the hot summer, the bleeding heart is best grown in damper, but not soppy-wet sites. It is at its best in shady ravines, under trees, and in combination with ferns, foam flower, vine maples and trillium. Sometime it will awaken for a second bloom in fall. Dicentra ‘Formosa’ does not go dormant as does Dicentra spectabilis. The Western U.S. species – formosa – is more drought-tolerant. Makes a nice groundcover or front-of-the-border plant. This is a Herbaceous perennial.

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Plant Details +

Size 2-3 eye
Height 12-18"
Spacing 15-18"
Hardiness Zones 4-9
Exposure Shade to partial shade
Foliage Gray-green, fern-like and segmented
Flower Pink
Bloomtime June - July

General Information +

Botanical: Dicentra 'formosa'

Common: Bleeding Heart

Family: Fumariaceae

General Characteristics: Native to woodlands, this shade loving perennial is an excellent addition to any garden. Flowers are heart-shaped and bloom in clusters at the top of leafless, fleshy stems above the leaves from mid-spring to autumn, with peak flowering in spring. The four petals are attached at the base. The two outer petals form a pouch at the base and curve outwards at the tips. The two inner petals are perpendicular to the outer petals and connected at the tip. There are two tiny, pointed sepals behind the petals. The plant frequently goes dormant for the summer after flowering, emerging and flowering again in autumn.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to aphid infestations.

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.