Perennials return and bloom year after year! Bleeding Heart is a fast growing perennial that produces delicate heart-shaped flowers in spring above fern-like foliage. Plant in areas protected from high winds and early frost. An excellent woodland plant that naturalizes easily and loves rich, evenly moist soil.
About this Variety
Dicentra Luxuriant features deeply-cut, fern-like, grayish-green foliage which persists throughout the growing season and cherry red, nodding, heart-shaped flowers carried above the foliage on long, leafless, leaning stems. Protruding inner petals of the flower purportedly appear to form a drop of blood at the bottom of each heart-shaped flower (hence the common name of bleeding heart).
- Loves shade
- Excellent for bouquets and cut flower arrangements
- Grows well in containers, garden beds and borders
- Returns and blooms year after year
- Unique, heart shaped blooms
Full sun to partial shade
Grows 24-36" tall
Plant 12-18" apart, 2-3" deep
Grow as Perennial in zones 3-9. Grow as Annual elsewhere.
Plant Bleeding Heart outdoors in spring after all danger of frost has passed in a partially shaded location. The ideal soil is rich and porous and drains well, yet still holds enough water for the roots. If your soil is heavy clay and drains slowly, or very sandy and does not hold water, add organic soil amendments like peat moss or ground bark. Spread a 3-4 inch layer of soil amendment if needed and incorporate into the soil to a depth of 10 inches. Plant roots 2-3" deep and 12-18" apart. Cover with soil. Water thoroughly at planting. While actively growing, water frequently and thoroughly so that water will reach roots. Mulch to keep the soil cool and to prevent the soil from drying out. Fertilize regularly. Remove foliage after it has completely yellowed and died back. Divide every two to three years.
Prefers protection from the hot afternoon sun. After flowering, cut the plant back to 6" so that the foliage can rejuvenate itself.