Bleeding heart

Dicentra 'King of Hearts'

Bleeding heart - Dicentra  'King of Hearts'

Common Name: Bleeding heart
Genus: Dicentra
Cultivar: 'King of Hearts'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.25 m (25 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink, Red
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: May to August

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

This vibrant compact variety of bleeding heart produces a profusion of deep crimson heart-shaped flowers from late spring to early summer above feathery grey-green leaves. Easy to grow, it looks fabulous planted in groups towards the front of a shady border. As long as the ground is kept moist it will thrive in full sun or partial shade.

  • 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. A light fertilising in March will help enormously. Lift and divide large clumps in late autumn when the leaves have died down or in early spring before the new growth appears taking care not to damage the fragile roots.


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