Western bleeding heart

Dicentra formosa

Photo/Illustration: 
Bill Johnson
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Western bleeding heart (Dicentra formosa)
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Genus:  Dicentra
Don't let its delicate appearance fool you: Western bleeding heart is hardy and tenacious. This elegant, herbaceous perennial spreads slowly from rhizomes to form drifts of soft blue-green, ferny foliage in shady woodland areas. Above the leaves in late spring, pink heart-shaped flowers hang gracefully from long, arched stems, attracting scores of hummingbirds but not the local deer. It is surprisingly drought tolerant during the summer months.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Ferny foliage; pink, heart-shaped flowers; attracts hummingbirds.
Care:  Grow in partial shade and moist, fertile soil.
Propagation:  Divide in early spring.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Light
Part Shade Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Native,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Late Spring
Flower Color
Pink Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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