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 CharacteristicsFerny foliage; pink, heart-shaped flowers; attracts hummingbirds.
CareGrow in partial shade and moist, fertile soil.
PropagationDivide in early spring.
- Genus : Dicentra
- Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
- Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
- Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
- Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds, Showy Foliage
- Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant
- Uses : Ground Covers
- Bloom Time : Late Spring
- Maintenance : Low
- Moisture : Medium Moisture
- Light : Partial Shade
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Flower Color : Pink
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest