Dicentra spectabilis VALENTINE® ('Hordival' PP22739 COPF)
  Common Name: Bleeding Heart--Old-Fashioned
Common Name (Alternative): Common Bleeding Heart
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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

A new spin on an old favorite!  If you love the classic look of Old Fashioned Bleeding Hearts but are looking for an updated color palette, try this new red flowering selection. 

Much like the species, this variety also grows quickly to form a robust clump of deep green foliage topped with arching flower stems in late spring.  When the foliage is emerging in spring, it has a tinge of pretty purple color to it. 

The flower stems on this variety are deep red and the large, puffy heart-shaped flowers are bright red with a white tip.  They dangle romantically from the leafless stems over a period of many weeks. The plant remains attractive after it is finished blooming until it goes summer dormant.

Bleeding Hearts are one of the oldest but still irreplaceable perennials in cultivation. They form large, bushy clumps of powdery-green foliage comprised of cut or lobed leaves on fleshy stems. In late spring, chains of puffy heart-shaped flowers dangle beneath the arching, leafless stems. These racemes make delightful additions to fresh bouquets, lasting about 2 weeks in a vase. In cooler climates with adequate moisture, the bloom time may be extended into early summer.

After putting on this fantastic display, Old-Fashioned Bleeding Hearts usually go dormant until the following spring. However, if plants are kept well-watered during the spring, dormancy may be delayed until late summer or early fall. Other bushy perennials such as Hosta, Geranium, or Sedge should be planted nearby to fill in the resulting gaps.

Intro Year: 2011

Introducer: Pride of Place Plants

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  30 Inches
Spread:
  30 Inches
Flower Color:
  Red shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Sun or Shade?:
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
  Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
  Consistent water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts hummingbirds
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Rapid
When should it bloom?:
  Late spring
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Woodland/Shade
  Cottage
  Eclectic

 

Size(s) Offered:

  Bare Root: 2-3 eye (25ct)
  Plugs: 72ct

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Specimen or focal point
Easy to grow

Awards:

  ISU Evaluation of New Perennials 2012

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Dicentra is most at home in woodland settings. It 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. Plants will not grow well in heavy clay soils.

Dicentra should be planted in locations that are protected from high winds and early frosts, such as the edges of woodlands or on the north or east sides of buildings. If spent flowers are not removed, small pods develop and drop their seeds when mature and dry. If these seeds are left undisturbed, they will germinate the following spring. The resulting plantlets are easy to transplant while they are still small but they may not resemble the parent plant exactly.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Athyrium felix-forma 'Lady in Red'
Common Name: Fern-Lady
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Astilbe 'Burgundy Red' ('Burgunderrot')
Common Name: Astilbe-Hybrid
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' PP13859 CPBR1799
Common Name: Brunnera-Heartleaf
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Carex hachijoensis 'Evergold'
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
5,6,7,8,9
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Hosta 'Vulcan'
Common Name: Hosta
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Aquilegia x caerulea 'Origami Mix'
Common Name: Columbine
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.