Dicentra formosa ‘Bacchanal’

bleeding heart


Outstanding Qualities

Dicentra is one of those romantic perennials of the woodland garden. This selection of bleeding heart is valued for its compact habit and long season of bloom. Dicentra 'Bacchanal' forms a vigorous clump of grey-green leaves, topped by clusters of delicate, dangling heart-shaped wine-red flowers. It is excellent for edging, or to weave through the woodland garden. This plant is a reliable performer, and can become quite large rather quickly. Dicentra 'Bacchanal' goes summer dormant so is a good companion for later season perennials such as hostas or a number shade-loving grasses. It looks good with Brunnera 'Jack Frost', blue-leaved hostas, Actaea, Beesia, Hakonechloa, and Ophiopogon.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, variegated

Great Color Partners: dark green, blue, purple

Culture Notes

Bleeding heart grows best and flowers well in light to dappled shade. It prefers well-drained soils, but will tolerate sand or clay. Regular watering during dry weather will keep this perennial looking good through the summer. If it dries out it will go dormant and sprout again next year. Cut back when the foliage looks tattered and yellow.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 2 to 9

Flower Color: red

Sun/Light Exposure: light, open, or dappled shade

Water Requirements: regular watering