Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)
Dicentra (Bleeding Heart) is a graceful spring-early summer bloomer with sprays of heart-shaped flowers dangling from fernlike leaves. Native to woodlands, this shade loving perennial is an excellent addition to any garden. The common name 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. Because its foliage goes dormant, it is best to plant 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. It is easily grown in average, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade, and is not tolerant of wet soils in winter and dry soils in summer. It is not recommended for the hot and humid conditions of the Deep South.
Bleeding Heart 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. It may be propagated by division in either spring or fall, and should be divided every few years to maintain vigor.
To plant bare root perennials, 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” below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.
Supplied as 2-3 eye bare root.
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