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Dicentra eximia - (Ker Gawl.) Torr.

Common Name Dwarf bleeding heart, turkey-corn
Family Papaveraceae
USDA hardiness 3-9
Known Hazards Fatal in large quantities. Symptoms include: trembling, staggering, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions and labored breathing. Skin irritation after repeated contact with the cell sap is mild and short-lasting.
Habitats Forest and mountain areas from New York to Georgia and Tennessee growing on forest floors, rocky woods and ledges on rocky soils in the Appalachian Mountains. Shade-loving.
Range Native to the Eastern North America - Appalachian Mountains.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade
Dicentra eximia Dwarf bleeding heart, turkey-corn


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Dicentra eximia is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.4 m (1ft 4in) by 0.4 m (1ft 4in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4. The flowers are pollinated by Birds, Bees, Insects.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Bicuculla eximia (Ker Gawl.) Millsp. Bikukulla eximia (Ker Gawl.) Druce. Capnorchis eximia (Ker Gawl.) Planch. Capnorchis eximia (Ker Gawl.) Kuntze. Corydalis eximia (Ker Gawl.). Diclytra eximia (Ker Gawl.) DC. Dielytra eximia (Ker Gawl.) G.Don. Eucapnos eximius (Ker Gawl.) Bernh. Fumaria eximia Ker Gawl. Fumaria formosa Poir.

Habitats

Edible Uses

None Known

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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FOOD FOREST PLANTS

Other Uses

Groundcover: A medium density moderately good groundcover for shade and semi-shade. Colonizes very slowly through rhizomes. Wildlife Food: The nectar is sought by hummingbirds. Wildlife Habitat: Provides cover for small wildlife. Insectory: Attracts beneficial insects [318-1]. Good companion plants include; Jacobs Ladder and Wild Columbine. Cut Flowers. Ornamental: Ornamental foliage and flowers. The foliage is deeply cut and fern-like, and does not die back like the common bleeding heart. Flowers are shades of pink and white and heart shaped [318-1].

Special Uses

Food Forest  Ground Cover

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Cultivation details

An herbaceous perennial growing well in semi-shade. USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 - 9. Soil pH: 5.5 - 7.0. Life Span: Long-Lived Perennial. Stand Persistence: Long. Form: Upright. Texture: Fine. Sun: Partial Shade, Shade. Soil Type: Loamy, Silty. Soil Moisture: Moderate. Minimum Root Depth: 6 inches (15cm). Root Type: Rhizome, Fibrous Shallow. Fungal Types: Endomycorrhizal. Seasonal Interest: Summer. Will tolerate full sun if given sufficient moisture. Requires rich well-drained soil. Flowering may stop in areas with very hot weather. Will not go dormant in midsummer like the Common Bleeding Heart as long as the soil is kept moist. Tolerant of proximity to black walnut trees. Fruit Type: Capsule. Flower Color: Pink, Red, White. Drought: Sensitive. Flood: Intolerant. Salt: Intolerant. Soil Compaction: Sensitive. Mowing: Intolerant. Cold Injury: Infrequent. Disease Issues: Minor. Insect/Pest Damage: Minor. Animal Damage: Deer, Rabbits. Growing Season: Cool. Bloom Time: Late Spring - Early Fall. Fruit Time: Fall - Winter [318-1]. For polyculture design as well as the above-ground architecture (form - tree, shrub etc. and size shown above) information on the habit and root pattern is also useful and given here if available. The plant growth habit is a clumper with limited spread [1-2]. The root pattern is rhizomatous with underground stems sending roots and shoots along their length [1-2]. The root pattern is fibrous dividing into a large number of fine roots [1-2].

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Propagation

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Wild bleeding-heart, Fringed bleeding-heart, turkey-corn, Fernleaf Bleeding Heart

Found In

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Weed Potential

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None Known

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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