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Dicentra (Bleeding Heart) – ‘Formosa’

With graceful, fern-like foliage, this is the ballerina of native plants. The heart shaped deep rose pink flowers on faint purplish stems hang delicately from the arching, blue-green foliage. Arising in the spring and often melting away in the hot summer, the bleeding heart is best grown in damper, but not soppy-wet sites. It is at its best in shady ravines, under trees, and in combination with ferns, foam flower, vine maples and trillium. Sometime it will awaken for a second bloom in fall. Dicentra ‘Formosa’ does not go dormant as does Dicentra spectabilis. The Western U.S. species – formosa – is more drought-tolerant. Makes a nice groundcover or front-of-the-border plant. This is a Herbaceous perennial.

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# Description Qty per Unit Units Available Price/Unit
BH200BAG Dicentra (Bleeding Heart) - 'Formosa' 25 35 $63.00

Plant Details +

Botanical Dicentra 'formosa'
Common Name Bleeding Heart
Family Fumariaceae
Size 2-3 eye
Height 12-18"
Spacing 15-18"
Hardiness Zones 4-9
Exposure Shade to partial shade
Foliage Gray-green, fern-like and segmented
Flower Pink
Bloomtime June - July

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Partial shade with rich, organic, moist soil. Will tolerate full sun if given enough moisture. Does not like wet soil in the winter or dry soil in the summer. Mulch plants for the first winter so they will become established.

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to aphid infestations.