Dicentra formosa/Pacific Bleeding Heart, Western Bleeding Heart, Fernleaf Bleeding Heart

Dicentra formosa / Dicentra formosa
Fern-like foliage
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Fern-like foliage

Last of the flowers on a specimen plant growing in a Western North Carolina Garden in August

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Foliage turning brown at the end of the growing season

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Scientific Name: Dicentra formosa
Common Name: Pacific Bleeding Heart, Western Bleeding Heart, Fernleaf Bleeding Heart
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: Pink, Purple
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Comments: This is a perennial that will colonize in shaded gardens where the soil contains a reasonable amount of humus. Self-seeding is common when plants are growing in favorable environments. Provide indirect sunlight and a fertile, moist, well-drained soil. Reported that all parts are poisonous if ingested. Bees, and butterflies attracted to the pinkish-purple flowers that appear in late spring and summer.