Dicentra formosa
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Dicentra formosa

Pacific bleeding heart
Western bleeding heart

  family papaveraceae 
  genus dicentra 

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Genus  Dicentra Species  formosa Variety  Cultivar  Common names  Pacific bleeding heart   Western bleeding heart Family  PAPAVERACEAE Specimen number  S11118 Data source  CrscntBlm;BtrflyCa p11;HtZn p106
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  1' - 1' 6" Overall spread   
Sunshine  Partial shade Water  Moist, well drained Optimal soil texture  Loam Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 03a-08b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 10-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  J.W. Frazer Compost  no Size at acquisition  1 gallon Garden location  Redwood Garden notes  Dicentra formosa can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -40� Fahrenheit. It needs a bit of a cold spell with temperatures below 15� Fahrenheit to do its best. Pacific bleeding heart (also known as Western bleeding heart) needs summer days with high heat. The best soil for this plant has a texture that is loamy. This species does best in partial shade. It does well in moist, well drained soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Parnassius clodius (clodius parnassian butterfly) Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Dicentra formosa is a perennial. Leaves: Pacific bleeding heart (locally known in some parts as Western bleeding heart) has lacy leaves. Flowers: This plant has heart shaped flowers that dangle below nodding stems. March is the usual month for flowering. Most often the blossoms occur in either red or pink.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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