Dicentra Spectabilis (Bleeding Heart) is one of the most popular of old-fashioned garden plants, Bleeding hearts burst into flower in late spring. Plants form a bushy, upright mound of green foliage, with a somewhat ferny appearance. Dangling bright-pink locket flowers are held on arching stems, and these are excellent for cutting. Performs best in a rich, moist soil with partial shade, or at least protection from hot afternoon sun. After flowering, the plants should be sheared back to 6 inches tall, to rejuvenate the foliage. Even still, these often go completely dormant by midsummer, to return again the following spring. Interesting anecdote- in olden days this plant was called "lady in the bath". Turn a flower upright and you will see why. Dicentra Spectabilis has recently changed names to Lamprocapnos Spectabilis- but we just can't get used to that! BEWARE this one is poisonous if eaten, so don't plant if your dog eats things or young curious children might. 1.5 gal

Bleeding Heart

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