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'Gold Heart' Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart Dicentra spectabilis

Exposure
  • Part Shade to Shade

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
Mature Size
24" 36"
Height
18 - 24"
Spread
24 - 36"
  • Details

    Features

    Get more from the classic perennial, Bleeding Heart! Instead of green foliage, this plant will produce beautiful golden yellow foliage (chartreuse in more shade). Pink and white heart-shaped blooms appear in spring.

    Foliage Interest
    Attracts: 
    Bees
    Hummingbirds
    Resists: 
    Deer

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Perennial
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Garden Height: 
    18 - 24 Inches
    Spacing: 
    24 - 36 Inches
    Spread: 
    24 - 36 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Pink
    Flower Colors: 
    White
    Flower Shade: 
    Pink and white
    Foliage Colors: 
    Yellow
    Foliage Shade: 
    Yellow
    Habit: 
    Mounded
    Container Role: 
    Filler

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Shade to Shade
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Winter
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Needs Good Drainage
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Fertile Soil
    Soil PH Category: 
    Acidic Soil
    Soil PH Category: 
    Alkaline Soil
    Soil PH Category: 
    Neutral Soil
    Uses: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Cut Flower
    Uses: 
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Maintenance Notes: 

    This woodland perennial likes rich, loose soil that is evenly moist but also well-drained. At planting time, add lots of compost, humus, or peat moss to the soil to enhance its water retention capabilities. Do not plant in clay soils. Protect from high winds and early frosts.

    'Gold Heart' Dicentra spectabilis
  • 1 Review

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    • This was my first plant I brought home from when i studied horticulture in college. It was my absolute favorite then and is still my favorite many years later. I planted it in full shade as the centerpiece with 3 large, aromatic hostas. I let the 2 varieties of wild violets and wild strawberries grow as groundcover. I also had tradscantias, astilbes, Japanese painted ferns, Solomon's seal, English ivy, a regular bleeding heart, and several other shade-loving plants nearby. I wanted to plant a taller groundcover or a flower that was of median height to the other plants around the gold bleeding heart to smooth out the drastic height/size differences in that area but I ended up moving before I was comfortable with planting around the bleeding heart; I felt it hadn't grown large enough for me to gauge how much room I actually had to work with. By the time I moved it was 3 years old and about 1'×1'.

      Livia Tew
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 30 weeks ago
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