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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'
- 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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