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Dicentra spectabilis

Old-fashioned sentimental favorite

Common bleeding heart boasts large leaflets and long-lasting sprays of dangling pink flowers. This plant grows up to 3' tall with a spread of 24". Graceful, arching stems are adorned with flowers that have white inner petals and rosy outer petals. They last until early summer if the plant is kept moist. The common name of bleeding heart is derived from the appearance of the flowers. It is an early perennial for color in shade. 

Dicentra spectabilis
Common bleeding heart
Family: Fumitory (Fumariaceae)
Type: Perennial

Mature Size:
2-3 feet

Shape:
weeping
  Flower Color:
pink
  Bloom Season:
May-June
Exposure:
shade to partial shade
  Soil Moisture:
moist
  Zones:
2-8
  Landscape Use:
bedding or border
understory
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