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DICENTRA formosa 'Sweetheart'
Bleeding Heart, Sweetheart Bleeding Heart
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A selection of bleeding heart native to western North America, 'Sweetheart' is a low, spreading perennial prized for its feathery leaves and clusters of heart-shaped, pendent, white flowers. These blossoms are held above the leaves on stems that curl like a shepherd’s crook. The plant spreads by rhizomes (underground stems) to form a soft mound, and the flowers bloom in late spring to early summer. It spreads freely by seeds. The parent species is found in a range of conditions, but most often in shady spots, including woodlands, a clue to its favorite spot in a garden. In some regions, foliage dies away in late summer, reappearing from early winter to spring before again flowering.
Plant this frilly-leaved herbaceous perennial in moist, fertile, humus-rich soil in partial sun to partial shade. Use it as a groundcover under trees, or for early color and soft texture in a shade garden. For an elegant contrast of habit and texture, plant it with variegated Solomon’s seal and hostas. The white flowers set-off the normally pink blooms of other bleeding hearts or bluish hosta leaves in a woodland landscape.
9 - 1
4 - 8
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
14"-18" / 35.6cm - 45.7cm
24"-36" / 61.0cm - 91.4cm
Late Spring, Early Summer
Western United States
Green, Blue Green
Green, Yellow Green
Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower
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