Dicentra spectabilis

Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart

Categories: Herbaceous Perennial

Dangling bright-pink locket flowers are held on arching stems, and these are excellent for cutting. Performs best in a rich, moist soil with partial shade, or at least protection from hot afternoon sun.

More About Dicentra spectabilis

  • One of the most popular of old-fashioned garden plants
  • A must for any shade garden
  • Plants have a tendency to go dormant in the heat of summer or if the soil becomes too dry.

Plants form a bushy, upright mound of light green foliage, with a somewhat ferny appearance. After flowering, the plants should be sheared back to 6 inches tall, to rejuvenate the foliage. Even still, these often go completely dormant by midsummer, to return again the following spring.

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24-30 in


1-3 ft

Hardiness Zone:


Dicentra spectabilis Characteristics


  • Mass Plant
  • Specimen
  • Cut Flower / or Foliage

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade Tolerant
  • Part Sun/Part Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Early Spring
  • Late Spring / Early Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Early Spring
  • Late Spring / Early Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average
  • Moist

Bloom Time

  • Early season

Fall Color

  • Yellow

Flower Color

  • Red
  • Deep Pink


  • Upright
  • Spreading