These low-maintenance, shade-loving perennials emerge in early spring and grow quickly. Its distinctive heart-shaped flowers bloom in shades of pink, red, or white and hang delicately on curved stems from late spring to early summer.
Common bleeding heart plants (Lamprocapnos spectabilis, formerly Dicentra spectabilis) will die back after flowering, but don’t worry – they’ll come back the following spring. Dicentra eximia varieties, also called fringed bleeding hearts, flower longer and do not rest. Learn about growing and caring for these two types of bleeding-heart flowers and others.
BREAKING HEART BASICS
3-9; see special features of other varieties.
Up to 3 feet tall and wide; also compact varieties 1 to 1.5 feet tall and wide.
Partial to full shade, can tolerate sun in cooler northern zones.
Bleeding hearts bloom in mid to late spring, see specifics for other varieties.
Varieties bloom in shades of red, pink, white, and purple.
Mild stomach upset may occur if any part of the plant is ingested. Foliage can also aggravate sensitive skin, so care should be taken when handling it.
Bleeding hearts are deer and rabbit resistant.