Dicentra spectabilis or bleeding heart name is actually – Lamprocapnos spectabilis.
Bleeding heart is a rhizomatous perennial herbaceous plant native to eastern Asia from Siberia south to Japan. It produces wonderfully delicate flowers from long arching stems. It makes a wonderful addition to any mixed border, and can be very easy to grow.
- In the UK, after flowering, the plant tends to die back where it lies dormant until next spring.
- In fact the biggest problem with Bleeding heart is forgetting where you planted and then digging it up or planting other shrubs too close.
Bleeding Heart makes good cut flower.
- The plant is a natural woodland plant so needs protection from intense sun. In the north of England full sun, will probably be fine. Though in warmer climates it may need protecting from glare of midday sun.
- When hot and sunny, keep well watered
- Being a woodland plant, Bleeding heart are not heavy feeders, a good soil should be adequate for feeding requirements.
- It is easiest to grow from tubers, which can be split when dormant. To grow from seed requires patience. Also you need to use fresh seed – the seed is very tiny – almost powdery.
- Bleeding Heart do not need to be dead-headed or pruned. They will definitely not get too big.