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Dicentra spectabilis - (L.)Lem.

Common Name Bleeding Heart, Japanese Bleeding Heart, Common Bleeding Heart
Family Papaveraceae
USDA hardiness 3-9
Known Hazards The plant is potentially poisonous and can also cause skin rashes[222].
Habitats Woods and deep shady valleys[187].
Range E. Asia - N. China, Japan, Korea and Siberia. Locally naturalized in Europe[50].
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Dicentra spectabilis Bleeding Heart, Japanese Bleeding Heart, Common Bleeding Heart


Dicentra spectabilis Bleeding Heart, Japanese Bleeding Heart, Common Bleeding Heart

 

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Summary

Bloom Color: Pink, Red, White. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Late spring, Mid spring. Form: Irregular or sprawling.


Physical Characteristics

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Dicentra spectabilis is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from May to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Young leaves in spring - cooked[105, 177].

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Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Foundation, Specimen, Woodland garden. Easily grown in a rich light soil[1]. Grows best in a light but good woodland soil, preferably not limy[208]. Prefers light shade and some shelter from winds[175]. Tolerates a sunny position if it is growing in a moist border but once planted the plant should not be disturbed since the roots are brittle[200]. A very ornamental plant[1], it is hardy to at least -20°c[187]. The seed is difficult to harvest, it ripens and is shed very quickly[134]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233]. Special Features: Attracts birds, Attractive foliage, Not North American native, Naturalizing, All or parts of this plant are poisonous.

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[134]. Stored seed should be sown in early spring[175]. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 6 months at 15°c[175]. Two weeks warm stratification at 18°c followed by six weeks at 2°c can shorten up the germination time[134]. Prick out the plants into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle, grow them on for their first winter in a cold frame and plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring. Division in early spring[200]. Care must be taken since the plant strongly resents root disturbance[200]. Division is best carried out in late winter[188]. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring. Root cuttings 7 - 10cm long in sandy soil in a cold frame[200].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation 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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Readers comment

spice royer   Fri Dec 16 2005

this plant grows happily in ottawa canada - zone 5.

Jasmine   Wed Jan 3 2007

what are the different parts of the bleeding heart for example its stem what are the other parts?

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