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Dicentra 'King of Hearts'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Bleeding Heart-Fern-leaved
Common Name (Alternative): Western Bleeding Heart

This steady performer has everything you could want in a fern-leaved bleeding heart: astonishing vigor, sun and heat tolerance, bright rose heart-shaped flowers that appear from late spring into fall, and lacy, soft blue-green foliage.  Unlike the Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart, 'King of Hearts' will not go dormant in midsummer as long as the soil is kept moist. Rather, it will enchant passersby all season long.

Parentage: D. peregrina x D. formosa subsp. oregona x D. eximia

Origin: Native Cultivar

Characteristics:



Height:
  8-10 Inches
Spread:
  12 Inches
Flower Color:
  Pink shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
5,6,7,8,9
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
  Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
  Consistent water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts hummingbirds
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Late spring
  Early summer
  Midsummer
  Late summer
  Early fall
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Woodland/Shade
  Cottage
  Asian
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Edging
Mass Planting
Long blooming
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Though this variety can tolerate more sun, Dicentra is most at home in woodland settings. It likes rich, loose soil that is evenly moist but also well-drained. At planting time, add lots of compost, humus, or peat moss to the soil to enhance its water retention capabilities. Plants will not grow well in heavy clay soils.

Dicentra should be planted in locations that are protected from high winds and early frosts, such as the edges of woodlands or on the north or east sides of buildings. It may be propagated by division in either spring or fall, and should be done every few years to maintain vigor.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Tradescantia 'Concord Grape'
Common Name: Spiderwort
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Hosta 'Golden Tiara'
Common Name: Hosta
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Phlox paniculata 'Blue Paradise'
Common Name: Phlox-Tall Garden
4,5,6,7,8
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Pulmonaria saccharata 'Mrs. Moon'
Common Name: Lungwort
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Heuchera 'Ruffles 'n Truffles' PPAF
Common Name: Coral Bells
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Astilbe 'Peach Blossom'
Common Name: Astilbe-Japanese
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Tiarella 'Sugar and Spice' PP16738 COPF
Common Name: Foamflower
4,5,6,7,8,9
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.