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Dicentra formosa

Western bleeding heart (Dicentra formosa) dy-SEN-trah for-MOE-sah Genus:  Dicentra Don't let its delicate appearance fool you: Western bleeding heart is hardy and tenacious. This elegant, herbaceous perennial spreads slowly from rhizomes to form drifts of soft blue-green, ferny foliage in shady woodland areas. Above the leaves in late spring, pink heart-shaped flowers hang gracefully from long, arched stems, attracting scores of hummingbirds but not the local deer. It is surprisingly drought tolerant during the summer months. Noteworthy Characteristics:  Ferny foliage; pink, heart-shaped flowers; attracts hummingbirds. Care:  Grow in partial shade and moist, fertile soil. Propagation:  Divide in early spring.


Height 6 in. to 12 in. Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft. Growth Habit Spreads Light Part Shade Only Moisture Medium Moisture Maintenance Low Characteristics Attracts Hummingbirds, Native, Showy Flowers, Showy Foliage Bloom Time Late Spring Flower Color Pink Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers Style Woodland Garden Seasonal Interest Spring Interest Tolerance Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant Type Perennials

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