How to Grow Bleeding Heart Plant Care
Perennial, Dicenta Spectabilis
Bleeding Heart plants are both attractive plants and an attractive flower.
While most shade loving plants are grown for their attractive foliage, you
will love the colorful blooms of Bleeding Hearts, too.
Bleeding Heart plants are native to woodlands of the U.S. and Canada. They
are shade loving plants, that grow and bloom best in cool weather. The
plants grow 1 to 3 feet, depending upon variety. Heart shaped flowers, with
a showy stamen, bloom from spring to summer. The most common colors are pink
and white. You may also find red, rose, yellow and purple.
Bleeding Hearts are deer resistant. But, Hummingbirds are attracted to them.
Blooms make nice cut flowers.
Other Names: This plant is also called the Valentine Flower.
Important: All parts of this plant are poisonous. They cause skin
rash and irritation. They can be toxic in large quantities. Keep this plant
away from children and pets.
Bleeding Hearts are propagated through rhizomes (their roots). They can be
separated through division. Dig up rhizomes and separate. Make sure that
each segment has an eye or two.
The flowers will produce seeds. But, few people grow them from seed. Propagating
with rhizomes is much easier.
Bleeding Heart Plant Care:
Bleeding Heart plants are easy to grow. The plants grow best in shade. They
can be grown in the sun, in cooler areas. The soil should be rich, and well
draining. They like consistently moist soil.
Fertilize plants regularly, especially if the soil is not rich. It is important
to keep the soil moist, not wet or soggy.
Much around plants to help retain soil moisture.
The plants will bloom in the spring. In cooler areas, they may rebloom as
summer nears. It is not uncommon for the plants to go dormant in mid summer
After the first killing frost, cut back plants to 1 - 2 inches above the
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