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DICENTRA spectabilis 'Gold Heart'

Image of Dicentra spectabilis 'Gold Heart' PPAF

Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc.

Family

Fumariaceae

Botanical Name

DICENTRA spectabilis 'Gold Heart' PPAF

Plant Common Name

Bleeding Heart, Gold Heart Bleeding Heart

General Description

The showy leaves of 'Gold Heart' bring a new look to a classic old-fashioned garden favorite from northeastern Asia. Dangling in loose clusters from thigh-high, arching stems, the purple-pink, heart-shaped flowers are displayed against a background of coarsely toothed, bright gold-chartreuse foliage. Leaf color is less brilliant in hotter, sunnier sites. Plants go semi-dormant in summer, when they can be pruned to the ground. This plant may self-sow.

Bleeding heart grows best in fertile soil with average drainage. It prefers full to part sun, but does not appreciate high heat. Surround this perennial with plants that can hide or fill the gap it leaves when it goes dormant in summer. Use this fine ornamental in perennial borders and cottage gardens.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Russia/Siberia, Eastern Asia, China, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Pink, Rose

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Sea Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Sea Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No