• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast growing; reaches 24 to 30 in. tall, 36 in. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Woodland Garden Plant
    Blooms:
    Late Spring to Early Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:dye-SEN-tra spec-TA-bah-liss
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth habit:Mounding
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growing; reaches 24 to 30 in. tall, 36 in. wide.
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Blooms:Late Spring to Early Summer
    Flower color:Red
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasIn climates with ample summer moisture and mild to moderate temperatures, the foliage often remains present until the fall, making this a fantastic perennial for shade and woodland garden settings. After its brilliant floral display in the spring, the plants may go through a dormant period in hot and dry summer areas; plant among other summer blooming perennials for best effect. Bleeding Heart makes a great spring flowering perennial for containers, a seasonal indoor flowering house plant, and is a delightful addition to fresh floral bouquets.
    Companion PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Astilbe (Astilbe); Soft Shield Fern (Polystichum); Hosta (Hosta); Ligularia (Ligularia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Prefers fertile, humusy, neutral pH, loose, well-drained soils; avoid heavy, soggy soils. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system. May go dormant in hot, dry summer conditions. Apply a low-nitrogen fertilizer in early spring. Remove old, faded foliage before new leaves emerge in spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This selection was discovered as a chance seedling by Phyllis and Lyle Sarrazin of Prince George, British Columbia, Canada and was brought to the market by Pride of Place Plants. Selected for its remarkable racemes of true red flowers, set prolifically on dark red stems, shown on a much more compact plant, this exceptional perennial won the top award at the ISU Evaluation of New Perennials, The Netherlands, August, 2012.

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