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Common Bleeding Heart in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Dicentra Formosa

 

Common Bleeding Heart

Dicentra formosa is a rhizomatous, deciduous, bushy perennial. In spring and summer it sports arching sprays of pendulous deep pink, heart-shaped flowers which are held above the feathery, fern-like blue-green leaves.

 
plant Features
  • Common Bleeding Heart likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Common Bleeding Heart likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Common Bleeding Heart is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Common Bleeding Heart likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

 
Available to buy from 2 store(s) in the UK
 
plant information

Common name

Common Bleeding Heart

Latin name

Dicentra Formosa

type

Herbaceous Perennials

family

Papaveraceae

ph

6.5 - 8.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Common Bleeding Heart likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Common Bleeding Heart is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Common Bleeding Heart likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

  • Water

    Common Bleeding Heart likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Common Bleeding Heart is 0.30meters x 0.25meters 0.30 M 0.25 M

Dicentra Formosa

Dicentra formosa is a rhizomatous, deciduous, bushy perennial. In spring and summer it sports arching sprays of pendulous deep pink, heart-shaped flowers which are held above the feathery, fern-like blue-green leaves.


Planting Outdoors

From Mid Spring TO Late Spring

Plant container grown plants in spring. They thrive in moist, humusy rich, well-drained soil in partial to full shade. They will tolerate full sun in cooler climates, provided they are kept moist. These plants will tolerate slightly alkaline soil. When planting, add lots of compost, humus, or peat moss to the soil to enhance its water retention capabilities.

 

Propagation by cuttings

From Late Autumn TO Late Autumn

Dicentra plants can be propagated by 6-8cm root cuttings which are best taken in late autumn. Carefully lift the plant out of the ground, do not to damage its roots. Rinse the roots in water to remove all soil. With a sharp knife, take off 8cm lengths of pencil thin roots. Fill pots with compost to which grit has been added, lay the cuttings, spaced out, on top. Cover with a thin layer of compost. Water well, label pots and place in a in a cold frame or somewhere cool indoors. Replant the parent plant.

 
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