Dicentra spectabilis 'Valentine'
Plant Type: Perennials
A bleeding heart that's really red, vigorous plants quickly form dense clumps of attractive plum-green foliage and dark red stems, arching stems of dangling red heart-shaped flowers bloom spring.
- Red flowers
- Spring blooms
- Plum-green foliage and red stems
Common Name: Bleeding Heart
Dicentra ( Bleeding Hearts ) is an old time favorite for the shade garden characterized by dangling heart-shaped flowers in spring. Dicentra grow best in filtered sunlight in well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Plants have a tendency to go dormant in the heat of summer or if the soil becomes too dry. To help maintain summer foliage, keep soil evenly moist and provide more shade.
Plant: Plant so the crown is centered in the pot and the eyes are 1" below the soil surface.
Root Prunning: For 'spectabilis' types with large fleshy roots, prune roots so plants easily fit in containers. Do not leave crowns or eyes exposed above the soil level. For 'fern-leaf' types with more fibrous roots, gently spread out roots at the time of planting. Plant deep enough so crowns are not exposed.
Grow: Best to grow cool at 50 - 55F min. night temperatures to allow proper root growth prior to shoot development. Growing too warm will cause shoots to grow too fast, resulting in spindly growth and poor pot presentation. Grow in full sun for early spring crops. For late spring and early summer production, and as light intensities and temperatures rise, a 30% shade may be required.
Water: Keep evenly moist. To prevent diseases, water early in the day and keep foliage dry.
Characteristics & Attributes
Soil Moisture Needs
Season of Interest (Flowering)