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Fumariaceae

Dicentra

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Dicentra 'King of Hearts'

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 CharacteristicsFern- or parsley-like foliage with pendent, heart-shaped flowers in red, white, pink, purple or yellow. Foliage may aggravate skin allergies.

CareGrow 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.

PropagationSow seeds in containers in spring. Divide plants in spring.

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

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