Spring Garden Tips

Bleeding Heart, Japanese Bleeding Heart

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Botanical Name

Dicentra spectabilis

Hardiness

Zones 3 to 9

Height

2 to 3 feet

Width

2 to 3 feet

Flowers

Late spring to early summer: rose-pink, white; white inner petals that 'bleed' from the tip

Light

Full to part shade (will go dormant earlier in full sun)

Soil

Moist, well-drained

Planting and Care

Space plants 24 inches apart.

Deadhead for extended bloom.

Plant dies down midsummer - use among summer perennials to cover void left by dormant plant.

Problems

None serious, rot (especially on white cultivars)

Varieties to Consider

Alba - white, not as vigorous

Pantaloons - white flowers

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