Name: Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)
Growth habit: Bleeding heart plants have lacy foliage that grows as a clump up to three feet wide and tall. In early to mid spring, Bleeding Hearts produce graceful stems covered in their namesake blossoms; heart-shaped flowers most often seen in pink or white.
Light Level: Partial sun to full shade.
Fertilization: Little needed. If you choose to fertilize, use composted leaf mulch or choose a general purpose water soluble fertilizer.
Planting Medium: Well draining. Most garden soils will be sufficient.
Common afflictions: Leaf spot, root rot
Pruning: Prune back to the ground when leaves begin to darken, fade or shrivel. Divide plants if you wish to thin them.
Bleeding Heart Facts: Bleeding hearts (also sometimes called the Valentine flower) got their because of their interestingly heart-shaped blossoms. They do very well in shady, moist areas of the garden, in woodland settings, under shade trees or in the cool shadows of a building or fence. They return larger each year and they also reseed readily, so you will often find multiple plants growing together to create a mass and act like a ground cover. Some varieties are considered a woodland wildflower.
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