- Full Shade to Partial Shade (0 - 4 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
- Mature Height 2.5 - 3 Feet
- Mature Spread 30 - 36 Inches
- Growing Zones 3 - 8
Asian bleeding hearts are a traditional cottage garden plant and are much loved for their deep green foliage and unusually shaped flowers that appear early in the spring. Formerly known as Dicentra spectabilis, Lamprocapnos spectabilis has the largest flowers of the species with a bicolor white and pink combination that is perfect in an early spring garden. This plant is known by a range of common names including lady in the boat, Dutchman’s breeches, and lady’s locket.
The large, deep green leaves provide a good filler for mixed container plantings of seasonal bulbs or annuals. Few pests or diseases bother Asian bleeding hearts. Even though the tender new growth emerges early in the spring, deer and rabbits are rarely a problem. Bleeding hearts are not considered drought tolerant although they usually require little supplemental watering if you garden in an area that receives regular spring rains.
Asian Bleeding Heart Care
Asian bleeding hearts are shade tolerant and able to grow in bright or full shade while still providing brilliant flower displays. Choose a location that has well-draining, moisture-retentive soil. Annual mulching with organic material such as compost, arborist chips, or shredded leaves will enrich the soil over time and aid in moisture retention. Fertilize late in the winter as the soil is starting to warm. Apply a granular, balanced fertilizer to the soil and scratch it into the surface lightly. Although Asian bleeding hearts will grow in neutral or slightly alkaline soil, the best flower and foliage colors occur in slightly acidic soil.
Deadheading can be done to keep Asian bleeding hearts tidy, although it will not encourage longer blooming or reblooming. When the summer temperatures rise, Asian bleeding hearts begin to go dormant by turning yellow and dying back to the ground. Remove and compost the spent growth to make room for summer-blooming perennials and annuals in the garden.
Asian Bleeding Heart Spacing
The full size of bleeding hearts is 30-36 inches tall and wide. Space plants 30 inches apart from the center of each plant. Bleeding Hearts are a great layering plant for a garden with multiple seasons of interest. Underplant bleeding hearts with spring-blooming bulbs, summer-blooming woodland plants, or ground covers, providing at least 12 inches from the base of the plant.
Asian Bleeding Heart Information
|USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 - 8|
|Plant Type: Perennials|
|Light Exposure: Full Shade to Partial Shade (0 - 4 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)|
|Mature Height: 2.5 - 3 Feet|
|Mature Spread: 30 - 36 Inches|
|Spacing: 30 - 36 Inhces|
|Habit: Mounded, Spreading|
|Flower Color(s): Pink|
|Flower Description: Delicate pink and white flowers|
|Bloom Period: Spring|
|Foliage Type: Herbaceous|
|Foliage Color(s): Green|
|Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering|
|Attracts: Bees, Butterflies|
|Uses: Borders, Containers|
|Features: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flowers, Low Maintenance|
|Common Name: Asian Bleeding Heart|
|Other Name(s): Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart|
|Scientific Name: Dicentra spectabilis, Lamprocapnos spectabilis|
Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.
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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
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Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.