Bleeding Heart, Old-Fashioned

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One of the most popular of old-fashioned garden plants, Bleedinghearts burst into flower in late spring. Plants form a bushy, upright mound of light green foliage, with a somewhat ferny appearance. Dangling bright-pink locket flowers are held on arching stems, and these are excellent for cutting. Performs best in a rich, moist soil with partial shade, or at least protection from hot afternoon sun. After flowering, the plants should be sheared back to 6 inches tall, to rejuvenate the foliage. Even still, these often go completely dormant by midsummer, to return again the following spring. Hosta make excellent plants to fill in the resulting void. As an interesting sidenote, botanists have decided to change the name of the plant to Lamprocapnos spectabilis. Parts of this plant are toxic if ingested.

Plant Details


Latin Name:
Dicentra spectabilis
Plant Type:
Care :
Best planted in rich, moist, well-drained soils with protection from the hot afternoon sun.
Light Requirements:
  • Partial Sun
  • Partial Shade
  • Full Shade
Upright, arching, mounded habit.
Plant Height:
24 inches
Plant Width:
12 inches
Light green foliage.
Pink and white heart-shaped flowers bloom late spring.
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Special Features:
  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant
  • Shade Tolerant
  • Cut/Dried Flower