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Pacific bleeding heart        

Dicentra formosa

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Pacific bleeding heart is part of the Dicentra genus. Its scientific name is Dicentra formosa.

Lacy, finely divided foliage and delicate flowers on a spreading, low growing woodland plant. The flowers are heart shaped with a small reflexed petal in shades of pink, white and red
Spreads by rhizomes or tubers
Unlike the more common garden bleeding heart, this plant does not go summer dormant.

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Candy pink and   Deep carmine pink and   Baby pink. When mature, blooms are roughly 2.0 cm (that's 0.78 inches in imperial) in diameter. The mature flowers take a single form, with an approximate petal count of 2. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Upsdell red and   Dark green. Leaves appear approximately as a   Celadon Green and   Kelly green

It is a flower that typically grows as a perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more.

Pacific bleeding heart is known for growing to a height of approximately 1.46 feet (that's 45.0 cm in metric) with a ground covering habit. This plant tends to bloom in mid spring.

United States is believed to be where Pacific bleeding heart originates from.

Pacific bleeding heart is known to be toxic to humans and/or animals, so be careful where you position and how you handle this plant.

Pacific bleeding heart is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Pacific bleeding heart have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Pacific bleeding heart

  • Dappled Sun

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Drought tolerant when established, this is an adaptable plant. The rhizomes will spread slowly.
Clumps can be divided in autumn as the leaves die down

Try to plant in a location that enjoys dappled sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 4 - Zone 10 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Pacific bleeding heart needs a loamy, clay and peat-rich soil with a ph of 5.1 to 7.8 (weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil). Keep in mind when planting that Pacific bleeding heart is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to survive through freezing conditions.

See our list of companion Plants for Pacific bleeding heart to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Pacific bleeding heart from seed

Best winter sown or cold stratified. 2 Germinates in cool soils.
Use ordinary potting compost and sow thinly into a 7cm pot. Cover the seeds lightly

Ensure a distance of 0.39 inches (1.0 cm) between seeds when sowing - look to sow at a depth of approximately 0.39 inches (1.0 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 0°C / 32°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Pacific bleeding heart

Grow on in cool, bright conditions, out of direct sunlight. Plant out in flowering position in late summer. Choose a position on dappled light, and moist but not waterlogged conditions

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Pacific bleeding heart is a very hardy plant.

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Pacific bleeding heart Folklore & Trivia

A poultice can be made from this plant with claimed healing value. In nature, the seeds are distributed by ants. 1

Other names for Pacific bleeding heart

Western bleeding heart, Fernleaf bleeding heart

Dicentra formosa ssp. formosa

Misspellings: Fern-leaf Bleeding Heart, Fern leaf Bleeding Heart

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