Bleeding Heart

Dicentra | Also known as: Dicentra formosa | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Bleeding Heart, much less grotesque than it sounds!

The Diacentra, or Bleeding Heart, is the name for eight different species of flowering plants. They’re very delicate flowers, with blooms that hang pendulous from the end of a long stem. They can be found in white through different shades of pink through to yellow. Most are simple to grow and require little on-going care to successfully cultivate. However, all are toxic, so care should be taken when deciding where to site them as they’re not suitable to be located where children might be able to get hold of them.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating this plant, or you may have mild stomach upset. Its sap may irritate your skin.
Height [m]
  • 0.3 - 0.5
Spread [m]
  • 1
Dominant flower colour
  • Red
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Foliage in spring
  • Grey-green
Foliage in summer
  • Grey-green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
Growth habit
  • Arching
  • Branching
  • Spreading
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-8
Heat zone
  • H10-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -7
Heat days
  • 0 - 180
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Tough survivors
Garden type
  • Woodland
Garden spaces
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years