Dicentra formosa
Dicentra formosa
Dicentra formosa
Dicentra formosa
Dicentra formosa
Dicentra formosa

Dicentra formosa

Western Bleeding Heart

Papaveraceae

Height

30 cm

Flower colour

pink

Flowering time

June - August

Foliage colour

green

Sunlight

sun - partial shade

Soil

fertile, humus rich, fairly moist

pH

acid - neutral - alkaline

Hardiness

hardy

Plant range

Pacific NW

Dicentra, is a small genus in the poppy family, Papaveraceae with 8 species native to N-America and E-Asia. They have finely divided leaves and irregularly shaped flowers, often heart shaped. They grow in sun or semi-shade in fertile soil. A few species formerly classified in the Dicentra genus have been moved to four other genera, among them is Dicentra spectabilis, which is now the only species in the genus Lamprocapnos.

Propagation:


Division in spring.


Seed - needs cold stratification, best sown in September - November.

Seed just covered and stored at 20°C (68°F) for 2-4 weeks and then moved outside until germination. Germination can be slow, seed may germinate the following year so it's important not to discard the seed prematurely. Optimum germination temperature is 5-12°C (40-55°F).


Woodland plant with ferny foliage that grows best in partial shade.

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