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White Bleeding Heart

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Easy to grow, bushy mound of fern-like. light green foliage featuring long, arching stems of white, dangling heart shaped flowers; an excellent addition to borders, cutting gardens or garden beds; blooms in early spring before going summer dormant

Characteristics

Species:
spectabilis
Average Landscape Height:
32 inches
Average Landscape Width:
3 feet
Genus:
Dicentra
Cultivar:
Alba
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
mounded
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
cut back in fall
Spacing:
30 inches
Flower Color:
white
Flower Form:
heart
Flower Period:
from late spring to early summer
Summer Foliage Color:
light green
Maximum Light:
partial shade
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

White Bleeding Heart features delicate nodding white heart-shaped flowers dangling from the stems from late spring to early summer. Its ferny compound leaves remain light green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

White Bleeding Heart is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

White Bleeding Heart will grow to be about 32 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen! As this plant tends to go dormant in summer, it is best interplanted with late-season bloomers to hide the dying foliage.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

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