Genus: Bleeding heart

Dicentra

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
Bleeding heart (Dicentra)
dy-SEN-trah
Fumariaceae
Dicentra leaves are green to silver-green, much divided, and often very fine. The flowers are pendent and hang off arching stems in spring. Flowers are brightly colored, and their distinct heart shape adds interest. 
Noteworthy characteristics:  Fern- or parsley-like foliage with pendent, heart-shaped flowers in red, white, pink, purple or yellow. Foliage may aggravate skin allergies.
Care:  Grow in fertile, well-drained slightly alkaline soil in part shade and allow to self-sow. Grow alpine species in sharply draining soil. Cut back after foliage yellows and withers.
Propagation: 

Sow seeds in containers in spring. Divide plants in spring.

Problems: 

Slugs and snails can attack new foliage. Powdery mildew, rust, fungal leaf spot, and verticillium wilt. Foliage may aggravate skin allergies.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Dicentra

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'White Gold' bleeding heart
Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘White gold’
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Bleeding heart
Dicentra 'King of Hearts'
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Fringed bleeding heart
Dicentra eximia ‘Alba’
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Western bleeding heart
Dicentra formosa
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Dicentra scandens 'Athens Yellow'
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Bleeding heart
Dicentra spectabilis
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Bleeding heart
Dicentra spectabilis 'Gold Heart'