Burning Hearts Bleeding Heart
Dicentra 'Burning Hearts'
Burning Hearts Bleeding Heart flowers
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Plant Height: 6 inches
Flower Height: 12 inches
Spacing: 15 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4
Other Names: Fernleaf Bleeding Heart, Fringed Bleeding Heart
Grown for its interesting rose-red flowers that look like little hearts and attractive gray-green foliage; grows well in part shade and prefers well-drained soil
Burning Hearts Bleeding Heart features delicate nodding rose heart-shaped flowers dangling from the stems from mid spring to early summer. Its ferny compound leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Burning Hearts Bleeding Heart is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Burning Hearts Bleeding Heart is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Burning Hearts Bleeding Heart will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity extending to 12 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Burning Hearts Bleeding Heart is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.