Bleeding heart: Dicentra spectabilis

Dicentra spectabilis is a widely distributed, hardy herbaceous perennial that produces red and white, heart-shaped flowers borne on arching stems in late spring and summer. It is a member of the Papaveraceae family and is native to the eastern part of North America. Bleeding heart grows about 80 cm (32 in) high and makes an excellent container plant while the dwarf variety D. eximia only grows 20 cm (8 in) high and is ideal for smaller containers. But be careful, the plants spread very quickly because of the creeping rhizomes. Bleeding hearts grow best in partial shade in humus-rich soil which must be kept moist at all times, but it hates being waterlogged. The fern-like leaves die clown after flowering but soon grow again the following year. The application of a compound fertilizer at the end of the winter encourages growth. This is also the time when the plants can be divided. Cuttings can be taken in early summer.

13. May 2017 by admin
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