Theodore Payne California Native Plant Database

Dicentra formosa

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Dicentra formosa
Dicentra formosa
Dicentra formosa
Dicentra formosa
Dicentra formosa
Dicentra formosa

Species Name: Dicentra formosa
Common Name: Western Bleeding Heart

Delicate fern-like leaves with bright pink, heart shaped flowers. Prefers rich deep soils. Needs summer water at lower elevations. Recommended companion plants are wild ginger, meadow rue, and columbine.

Plant Family: Papaveraceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 1' H x 1' W
Growth Habit: Rosettes
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter dormant
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Part sun to shade
Soil Preference: Loam, acidic
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 5 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Pink
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Northwest, Cascade Range, Klamath Range, High Sierra Nevada, North Central West
Natural Habitat: Damp shaded areas below 6700'

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Care and Maintenance

  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A graceful plant with finely cut fern-like foliage and pink flowers. Grows 9 to 12 inches high, spreading rapidly from a running rootstock; very easy to grow and especially desirable for a moist shady spot. Gallon cans, 35c."
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