This old garden favorite, Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis), is a graceful perennial, offering a soft green foliage and attractive, pink or white, nodding, heart-shaped flowers coupled with protruding white petals hanging from arching stems above the foliage.

  • Blooming in late spring to early summer, it may rebloom throughout the summer in cool areas.
  • Won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for its outstanding merits
  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm) and spreads up to 18-30 in. (45-75 cm).
  • Thrives in part shade or full shade and is easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils. Will tolerate a sunny site if the soil is kept consistently moist.
  • Great candidate for shaded borders or woodland gardens, it would be a good idea to plant it among other perennials such as hostas and ferns to fill in the space left by its foliage when going dormant.
  • Deer and rabbit resistant
  • Apply a thin layer of compost each spring, followed by a 2-in. (5 cm) layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds.
  • After the first killing frost, cut stems back to an inch or two above soil line.
  • All parts cause severe discomfort if eaten.