Dicentra spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’

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  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

A selection of grandmother's favorite bleeding heart, Dicentra spectabilis 'Gold Heart' is from the gardens and nursery at Hadspen House in England. The foliage is acid yellow with the usual pink and white flowers hearts along arching stems in April and May. Bleeding hearts have long been used in the woodland garden and though common are still very worthwhile. If you are against pink and yellow combos you will not like this plant. If you are a provocateur then it is up your alley. Combine it with the navy blue flowers of Pulmonaria 'Benediction' or whites like a drift of Anemone nemorosa 'Vestal' and the evergreen fern Polystichum polyblepharum, all planted at the ankles of a lavender-blue Rhododendron austrimun or one of its selections and you have a perfect spring picture.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9

Flower Color: pink

Sun/Light Exposure: light or open shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Wildlife Associations: bees

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: dark green, purple, black

Great Color Partners: chartreuse, pink, gold

Culture Notes
Bleeding heart grows best and flowers well in light to open shade. It prefers well-drained soils, but will tolerate sand or clay. It will go dormant in early summer. The dormant roots appreciate an occasional watering to keep from completely drying out. Cut back when the foliage looks tattered.