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Dicentra Spectabilis - Bleeding Heart, Dicentra

Dicentra Spectabilis - Bleeding Heart, Dicentra

Type Herbaceous, Bulb, Deciduous
Size Medium Border (50-100cm height)
Form Spreading arching
Colours Medium green Foliage, Dark pink Flowers (Summer early)
Care Some maintenance required
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Fast growing

This taller growing Dicentra produces long pendulus racemes of pink white flowers during the spring months and then dies back as the summer arrives, making this an ideal plant for spring colour in herbaceous or mixed borders.

Cultivation tips: This low growing tuber forming herbaceous perennial prefers being located in a sheltered spot in dappled shade, planting in a moist humus rich soil. Cut back in dead foliage and flowers in autumn, propagate tired clumps by division of tubers in autumn and mulch every few years to feed. In shade this Dicentra can produce long blousey growth that may collapse so prepare to stake and tie plants. This low growing woodland herbaceous perennial prefers being located in a sheltered spot in dappled shade. Plant in a moist humus rich garden soil that is neutral or alkaline. Cut back in dead foliage and flowers in autumn, propagate tired clumps by division and mulch regularly. Beware of seedlings which may not come true to colour - avoid by swiftly dead heading.
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