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APR
10
2013

April 2013 Plant of the Month – Gold Heart Bleeding Heart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOTANICAL NAME  Dicentra ‘spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’

COMMON NAME  Gold Heart Bleeding Heart

DESCRIPTION  Similar to your Grandmother’s bleeding heart but with chartreuse foliage to brighten up those dark spots in the garden.  Clumping it will grow to 24” tall and 36” wide with fern-like golden leaves.  Nodding heart shaped pink flowers arch slightly above the foliage in mid- to late spring.  

FAMILY Fumariaceae

HEIGHT  24 inches

WIDTH  36 inches

HABIT  Mound

ZONES  3 to 9

EXPOSURE  Part shade to full shade

FLOWER COLOR  Pink

BLOOM SEASON  Spring

COMPANION PLANTS Brunnera ‘Emerald Mist’, Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’,  Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’, and Aruncus ‘Noble Spirits’

GROWING AND MAINTENANCE TIPS  Plant in a moist, but well-drained rich soil.  Provide adequate moisture to postpone summer dormancy.  Remove spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming.  

NOTES  Great for the front of a shady border, a moist rockery, or in woodland garden.  Common name is in reference to the inner petals of the heart-shaped flowers which resemble a ‘bleeding heart’

 

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