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Dicentra Genus

Bleeding heart

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General Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Description

Dicentra genus (Bleeding heart). In this genus there are around 20 species of annuals and perennials which are native to Asia and North America. It will produce sprays of pendant flowers in either red, pink, white, purple or yellow and they will bloom from mid-spring into the early summer. The leaves are silver grey, and are feather-like.

Characteristics

Annuals or Perennials, Shrubs or Herbaceous

Other common names

Dielytra, Dutchman's breeches

Origin

Asia and North America.

Interest and use

Grown for their elegant sprays of pendant flowers.

Cultivation

They are fully hardy and will grow well in semi-shade with humus-rich, moist but well drained soil.

Propagation

You can propagate by division when dormant in late winter. Propagate by species by seed in autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

If plant is ingested it could hurt the stomach. Slugs may cause damage

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