Members of the Dicentra plant genus are are shrubby hardy perennials.
They range in size from 7 to 60 cm (3 to 24 inches) in height, depending upon the species.
They come into bloom anytime from the beginning of spring to the end of summer.
They have a foliage that is almost fern like, and carry delicate flowers of pink or white.
Some of the common names for Dicentra include Bleeding heart, Lady in the bath, and Dutchman's breeches.
Dicentra Photograph by Golbenge.
Dicentra spectabilis by yamada*.
If planning to grow Dicentra outdoors from the off, it is best to sow out the seed at the end of autumn or the beginning of winter, simply cover the seeds.
If you are growing bleeding heart from roots, then they should be buried at a depth of about 6 or 7 cm (2 inches).
The seeds should be planted into either a sunny, or preferably a lightly shaded part of the garden. Thi slocation should have a moist rich acidic soil (pH 5 to 6).
If planning to grow Dicentra plants indoors before transplanting, then the seeds will need to have a simulated winter. you can do this by placing the seed within soil in a plastic bag, and freezing for about six or seven weeks.
The soil/seeds should then be allowed to germinate at a temperature of 15 degrees (59°F). Germination can take anything from one to twelve months.
Once growing, the Dicentra seedlings should be transplanted outdoors with a spacing of about 30 cm / 12 inches (small species) or 60 cm / 24 inches (large) in either the spring or autumn.
If you require further plants, then Dicentra root cuttings can be took throughout the year. Or they can be divided in the spring.
Bleeding hearts require both a light feeding, and regular watering when they are growing.
The Dicentra genus has around 20 species currently.
Yes, with their unique heart-shaped flowers, Dicentra species add charm to shade gardens.
Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding Heart) is the most commonly grown species in this genus.
Most Dicentra species, including the popular Dicentra spectabilis, are not notably fragrant.
Dicentra prefers a shady location with moist, well-drained soil.
At present, Dicentra species are not considered invasive in the USA.
To remove Dicentra, dig up the plants, ensuring you remove all of the root system to prevent regrowth.
The Dicentra genus, also known as Bleeding Hearts, contains about 20 species of perennial plants native to Asia and North America. These plants are loved for their heart-shaped flowers that dangle from arching stems, typically in shades of pink and white.
Dicentra thrives in partial to full shade and moist, fertile, well-drained soil. It can be grown from seeds or division, but is most commonly bought as a potted plant. The best time to plant Dicentra is in early spring or fall. Keep in mind, many Dicentra species go dormant in the summer heat, so it's beneficial to pair them with other shade-loving perennials to fill the gap.