Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart: Best Shade Garden Choice
Dicentra spectabilis Valentine™ or commonly called Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart is one of the most popular of old-fashioned garden plants. This plant flowers in late spring; plants form a bushy, upright mound of green foliage, with a somewhat ferny appearance. Dangling bright-pink locket flowers are held on arching stems which are excellent for cutting.
This species of bleeding heart has been a common, old garden favorite for many years. It features beautiful, graceful, soft green foliage, and 1 inch long, rose pink, nodding, heart-shaped, flowers with protruding white inner petals, hanging in a row from long, arching, stems above the foliage in mid to late spring. The name Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart is in reference to the protruding inner petals of the heart-shaped flower which purportedly gives the appearance of a “bleeding heart.” This plant will typically reach a height of 24 to 36 inches tall. Except in the far northern part of its range, the foliage usually goes dormant no later than mid-summer.
How To Make Your Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart
Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart is easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in partial shade to full shade. This plant prefers moist, humusy soils in part shade. It is fairly intolerant of wet soils in winter and dry soils in summer.
General Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart Information
Pests and Diseases
Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart has no real serious insect or disease problems. There is some susceptibility to aphid infestations. Good soil drainage is essential for plant survival and reducing any risk of pests.
You can propagate through division, root cuttings, or seeds.
Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart is best located in the shaded border or woodland garden. Because its foliage goes dormant, it is best to plant this bleeding heart through a loose ground cover, or among later developing perennials such as hostas and ferns which will fill in as the bleeding heart foliage begins to die back.
- Common Name: Old fashioned bleeding heart
- Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
- Hardiness Zones: Zones 3 to 9
- Height: 24 to 36 inches
- Width: 18 to 30 inches
- Bloom Time: Typically April to May
- Bloom Description: White/pink flowers
- Sun: Part shade to full shade
- Water: Medium
- Maintenance: Low
- Soil Type: Normal, sandy, or clay
- Soil pH: Neutral, alkaline, or acid (very adaptable)
- Soil Moisture: Average to moist
- Plant Uses: Borders, containers, cut flowers, woodland
- Tolerates: Rabbits, heavy shade
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