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Dicentra eximia

Native Plants

Wild Bleeding Heart

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This long-blooming perennial adds a delicate texture to the garden with intricately cut blue-green leaves. The heart-shaped flowers appear in early spring and continue sporadically throughout the growing season. Pendulous pink but occasionally white flowers are held on 10-16” tall stems. Tolerant of some sun, wild bleeding heart thrives in filtered shade. It requires extra moisture after transplanting but once established does well under dry conditions. Wild bleeding heart is useful in a mixed border or naturalistic garden. It looks especially showy planted with the colorful leaves of Heuchera americana and contrasted with the bold round leaves of Asarum canadense.

More Details

  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, partial-shade, shade 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry, moist 
  • Flowering Period
    early-spring, mid-spring
  • Soil PH
  • Flower Color
    pink, white 
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    green, tan