Bleeding heart

Dicentra 'Ivory Hearts' (PBR)

Bleeding heart - Dicentra  'Ivory Hearts' (PBR)

Common Name: Bleeding heart
Genus: Dicentra
Cultivar: 'Ivory Hearts' (PBR)

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.30 m (30 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: April & May

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Arching sprays of dainty ivory flowers like lockets appear in late spring high above pretty fern-like blue-green foliage. Easy to grow this variety is compact and has a long flowering season. It looks fabulous planted in groups towards the front of a shady border or as part of a cottage garden scheme. As long as the ground is kept moist it will thrive in full sun or partial shade.

Dicentras are northern hemisphere plants growing from Asia to North America. In their natural habitat they are found in moist soils in the cool margins of woodlands. This dicentra was first introduced in 1816 then disappeared from cultivation but was reintroduced by plant collector Robert Fortune in 1846. It soon became one of the most popular garden plants.

  • Garden care: Dicentras are happy in any good garden soil that is fertile but not too heavy. Enrich the soil with plenty of leaf mould before planting and apply a mulch in autumn too. This plant will appreciate a light top-dressing with fertiliser in March.

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