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White Bleeding Heart

White Bleeding Heart

Name: Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)
Type: Perennial

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.
Water: Generous.

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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