Bleeding heart Dicentra spectabilis Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis) dy-SEN-trah spek-TAB-il-iss Genus: Dicentra A garden favorite for many years, bleeding heart has soft green foliage and 1-inch-long rose pink and white heart-shaped flowers for several weeks in spring. Plants can form clumps 3 feet across and almost as tall. Foliage generally goes dormant in summer, so be sure to choose companion plants carefully so there isn't an empty space left in the garden. Beautiful in a border or woodland garden. Noteworthy Characteristics: Arching stems of little pink hearts that "bleed" white. Care: Grow in moist, humusy soil in part shade. Can take full sun in reliably moist soil. Prefers neutral or slightly alkaline pH. Protect from wind and frost. Propagation: Sow seed in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe or in spring. Divide carefully in early spring or after the leaves have died down. Insert root cuttings in winter. Problems: Downy mildew, Verticillium wilt, viruses, rust, and fungal leaf spots can occur. Slugs and snails may eat new growth. Overview Height 3 ft. to 6 ft. Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft. Growth Habit Clumps Growth Pace Moderate Grower Light Full Sun to Part Shade Moisture Medium Moisture Maintenance Moderate Characteristics Showy Flowers Bloom Time Early Summer, Late Spring, Spring, Summer Flower Color Pink Flower, White Flower Uses Beds and Borders Style Cottage Garden, Woodland Garden Seasonal Interest Spring Interest Type Perennials Related Plants to Dicentra spectabilis 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Iris pallida 'Variegata' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Sweet William Dianthus barbatus 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Daylily Hemerocallis 'Mini Pearl' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Daylily Hemerocallis 'Blackeyed Stella' View the discussion thread.