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Formerly known as Dicentra spectablilis, bleeding heart is a Chinese plant bearing pink-red, heart-shaped flowers with white tips, which hang from arching flower stems in late spring to early summer.
'Alba' has pure white heart-shaped flowers – these dangle enticingly from the arching flower stems of this delightful plant in late spring and early summer. Although it grows in light shade and looks good growing in clumps among shrubs, it often does even better in a sunny border provided the soil stays sufficiently moist. Clumps of bleeding heart remain compact for many years and do not need dividing because they have brittle roots and don't like disturbance – instead, try taking root cuttings in spring.
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: White
Foliage colour: Light green
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
Time to divide plants: March to April
Time to take cuttings: December to January
Time to plant: March to June
Flowering period: April to June
I grow the bleeding heart from seeds each year. I have two wonderful 7year plants in my rockery in my back garden. Regards Old Greenfingers.
i love these plants.. i do find they prefer dappled to shade rather than full sun in my garden. they are so elegant and gracefull.. have many of them in my garden and they put on super display.
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