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Growth habit is bushy. This plant is small because it is less than a year old.

'Alba' grows more slowly, but is no less showy.

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'Alba' growth habit.

Common Bleeding Heart
Dicentra spectabilis


A "perennial favorite," D. spectabilis is the most popular of all of the Dicentra species. Delicate green lobed leaves develop racemes of heart-shaped flowers that droop gracefully above the foliage. If they know the secret, children (and adults) sometimes pull these flowers apart to find floral versions of a pair of earrings, slippers and a champagne bottle.

Plant Type: perennial

Plant Form or Habit: upright/vertical

Plant Use: In beds and borders, as a specimen plant, as a cut flower, or a potted plant.

Light Requirement: full sun/part shade

Flower Color:
Bloom Period:
late spring
early summer
Height: Minimum: 18 inches      Maximum: 36 inches

Width: Minimum: 12 inches     Maximum: 36 inches

Foliage Texture: medium

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4

Water Requirements: average

Additional Comments: Dies back by mid-summer, so be sure to have other plants nearby that will fill the void at that time of the season.

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