Valentine Bleeding Heart (Dicentra Spectabilis)A modern romance
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One of the best aspects of Dicentra, or bleeding hearts, is their tolerance for shade. Bleeding hearts look like plants out of a storybook woodland, because they are truly woodland perennials. Bleeding hearts grow best in partial shade, where they are protected from the hot sun. Use these perennials under trees or along fencing, near shaded ponds or alongside hosta. Dicentra bleeding hearts are stunning as a ground cover, so allow their green, frond-like foliage and lovely floral racemes to spread across a shaded meadow or wooded setting. This variety of dicentra makes a lovely shade container plant, too.How big do dicentra Valentine get?
Valentine Bleeding Heart (Dicentra Spectabilis) grows to twenty four to thirty inches tall, and spreads up to three feet wide. Dicentra grow in bushy clumps, so they are excellent naturalizers. Space your dicentra at least 20 inches apart.How do you care for Valentine Bleeding Heart plants?
Valentine Bleeding Hearts are relatively easy to care for. Here are a few tips to keep your dicentra flourishing:
Dicentra pair well with other woodland flowers, such as primroses, heuchera, or bluebells. They can also be used in shade gardens, alongside hosta or toad lilies. Any plant that prefers moist, rich soil can be planted alongside Dicentra. We've also seen stunning mixed containers of Dicentra paired with tropicals like tradescantia, delicate vines, hosta, and other moisture loves. Or, allow Dicentra to shine on its own in a container—its fern-like leaves and elegant, arching racemes create a display that's not to be missed.What does a Valentine Bleeding Heart look like?
Bleeding hearts get their name from their long, arching stems of delicate, heart-shaped, pendulant flowers. Dicentras tend to grow in attractive, clumping habit, creating a delightful fairytale feel in woodland settings. Valentine Bleeding Heart is an old-fashioned Dicentra well-loved for its romantic red color. Along with its racemes, Valentine Dicentra boasts attractive, dark-green foliage that fills out well throughout the growing season. That foliage begins the season with a slight tinge of purple when it emerges in spring.
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