I've had this plant growing for 20 years in a shady nook beside my porch (fell in love with them on my great-grandmother's farm, where they not hollyhocks marked the shady privy location; lol-to commemorate that fact I have an outhouse birdhouse nested among the plants) Thought they were goners when house painters ground them into the dirt last year, but they've come back beautifully. Foliage is full & green after blooms fade. I keep the soil rich with compost and make sure it stays moist if we haven't had much rain fall, otherwise they're pretty mainetence free. Expanding this year into gold leaved & white.
Valentine® Old-Fashioned Bleeding Heart Dicentra spectabilis
Just like the classic Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart, but with RED flowers! Arching stems of red and white flowers cover the green foliage in spring.Attracts:BeesHummingbirdsResists:Deer
CharacteristicsPlant Type:PerennialHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:28 - 30 InchesSpacing:28 - 30 InchesSpread:28 - 30 InchesFlower Colors:RedFlower Colors:WhiteFlower Shade:Deep red and whiteFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Filler
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Shade to Shade
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).Maintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Late SpringHardiness Zones:3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9bWater Category:AverageNeeds Good DrainageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilSoil Fertility Requirement:Fertile SoilSoil PH Category:Acidic SoilSoil PH Category:Neutral SoilUses:Border PlantUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses:Specimen or Focal PointMaintenance Notes:
This woodland perennial likes rich, loose soil that is evenly moist but also well-drained. At planting time, add lots of compost, humus, or peat moss to the soil to enhance its water retention capabilities. Do not plant in clay soils. Protect from high winds and early frosts.Valentine® Dicentra spectabilis 'Hordival' USPP 22,739, Can COPF
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Marcia Strode, Missouri, United States, 3 years ago