Dicentra ‘King of Hearts’

fern-leaf bleeding heart

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Outstanding Qualities

Dicentra is one of those romantic perennials of the woodland garden. This selection of fern-leaf bleeding heart is valued for its compact habit and long season of bloom. Dicentra 'King of Hearts' forms a vigorous clump of green leaves, topped by clusters of delicate, dangling heart shaped red flowers. It is excellent for edging, or to weave through the woodland garden. This plant is a reliable performer. Dicentra 'King of Hearts' 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 hostas, Actaea, Beesia, Hakonechloa, and Ophiopogon.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

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

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

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: rose

Sun/Light Exposure: light or open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Wildlife Associations: bees

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: orange, yellow, gold

Great Color Partners: blue, chartreuse, pink

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. 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.