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Dicentra eximia

Fringed Bleeding Heart

A popular plant for the shade garden, Dicentra eximia is a tremendous performer. The leaves are deeply cut, grey green and fern like. The pink flowers are heart shaped with an inner petal that drips from the outer petals, creating the appearance that the heart is bleeding. The flowers of Dicentra eximia are smaller and longer than the old-fashion bleeding heart, but in long branching inflorescences that encourage a more floriferous species.

Benefits

Hummingbirds feed on flower nectar
Plants bloom for many weeks
Foliage persists through the growing season
Good cover for small wildlife

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easy to grow. Plant in partially shaded area in rich moist soil. Remove old flower stems as the blooms fade if you do not want plants to self-seed.


Height
12-18 Inches

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Spread
18-24 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

Native Range

Rich woodlands; mostly in the Appalachians; New Jersey and West Virginia south to Virginia and Tennessee.

Native Trivia

Ants collect the seed from this plant as food, thus helping to distribute and plant more dicentras. Prefers moist fertile soil in full to part shady locations. Great naturalizer in shady rock gardens. Easily self sows where happy.


"My hummingbird friends will make a trip into the woods to visit good nectar plants like this one."

Good Companions
Dwarf Crested Iris (Iris cristata), Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium), Coral Bells (Heuchera americana), Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium reptans), Bugbane (Cimicifuga racemosa)

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Humus-rich
Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Hummingbirds
Bloom Time
Fall
Late Spring / Early Summer
Late Summer
Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Native Habitat
Forest
Foliage Color
Light Green
Uses
Bog, water garden
Border
Cut or dried flower
Edging
Naturalizes
Native to
Georgia
Illinois
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia