'Gold Heart' Dicentra

A bright twist on a classic perennial!  Radiant yellow foliage absolutely glows in spring, creating a brilliant focal point in the shade garden.

Arching sprays of everyone’s favorite classic bleeding heart flower, pink and white heart-shaped blooms, dangle from the stems in late spring.  The foliage typically mellows a bit in color as the season progresses.

This cultivar grows a bit smaller than the typical D. spectabilis, reaching heights of up to 2' at maturity.

After putting on this fantastic display, Old-Fashioned Bleeding Hearts usually go dormant until the following spring. However, if plants are kept well-watered during the spring, dormancy may be delayed until late summer or early fall. Other bushy perennials, such as Hosta, Geranium, or Sedge, should be planted nearby to fill in the resulting gaps.

  • Attracts: Bees, Hummingbirds
  • Resists: Deer


  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Height Category: Medium
  • Garden Height: 18 - 24 Inches
  • Spacing: 24 - 36 Inches
  • Spread: 24 - 36 Inches
  • Flower Colors: Pink
  • Flower Shade: Pink Shades
  • Foliage Colors: Green, Yellow
  • Foliage Shade: Bright Yellow-Green
  • Habit: Upright
  • Container Role: Thriller


  • Light Requirement: Part Shade to Shade
  • Maintenance Category: Easy
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring
  • Hardiness Zones: 3 - 9
  • Water Category: Average, Consistent
  • Soil Fertility Requirement: Average Soil, Fertile Soil
  • Soil PH Category: Acidic Soil, Alkaline Soil, Neutral Soil
  • Uses: Border Plant, Landscape, Container, Specimen or Focal Point
  • Maintenance Notes: 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.

Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc


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