Dicentra formosa

Scientific name: Dicentra formosa

Synonym: Dicentra eximia misapplied


Common names: “Western bleeding heart”

Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial


Zone: 4-8

Light: Part shade – full shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Fertile humus rich soil, alkaline – neutral

Moisture: Evenly moist, lasts longer with better moisture


Plant Size: H 12-18″ W 24-30″

Leaf and Stem shape: Abundant, lobed leaves, mid-green above and glaucous beneath

Flower: Pendulous flowers are borne on branching, arching stems in late spring and early summer; usually pink, opening from deep rose-pink buds

Pruning: N/a

Maintenance: Low, mulch with leaf compost

Landscape use: Flower beds, shrub underplantings, cottage and rock gardens, woodlands

Propagate: By seed and division

Pests & Disease: None in Victoria

*Deer & Rabbit resistant

Comments: Brings a nice variety to the woodland, unique leaf shape

Cultivars: ~AGM winners: D. f. ‘Langtrees’ , D. f. ‘Bacchanal’


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