Easily recognized for their unique flowers and foliage, Bleeding Hearts are shade tolerant perennials grown primarily as ornamentals.
Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding Hearts)
Deciduous: Yes, the foliage tends to die off in mid-summer.
Hardiness Zones: 3-9
Height: 60-90 centimeters (24-36 inches) tall
Diameter: 45-75 centimeters (18-30 inches) across
Growth Rate: moderate
Root System: fibrous
Subspecies: ‘Gold Heart’
Tolerates: heavy shade, herbivores (rabbits)
Problems (major): none
Problems (minor): Wet soil during winter and dry soil during summer both have negative effects on overall health. Excellent drainage is required for survival.
Aphids occasionally infest weakened and/or young plants.
Poisonous: potentially, causes dermatitis in some
Soil requirements: prefers moist, loamy/medium, humusy soils (survives in light/sandy soils)
Air requirements: not sufficiently researched
Watering requirement: moderate
Sun requirement: part-shade (prefers) to full shade (tolerates)
Leaf shape: soft with three (3) mitten-shaped leaflets connected at a base
Leaf size: up to 8 centimeters (3 inches) long
Flower structure: The 2 centimeter (1 inch) long flowers consist of heart-shaped, pink petals with white petals emerging from the bottom.
Flowering frequency: April-May (sometimes persisting into July)
The flowers grow on flowering spikes (scapes) and resemble opened, pink hearts.
Bleeding hearts are grown primarily as ornamentals.
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