'King of Hearts' Dicentra

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.

  • Attracts: Bees, Hummingbirds
  • Resists: Deer

CHARACTERISTICS

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Height Category: Short
  • Garden Height: 8 - 10 Inches
  • Spacing: 12 Inches
  • Spread: 12 Inches
  • Flower Colors: Pink
  • Flower Shade: Pink Shades
  • Foliage Colors: Green
  • Foliage Shade: Green
  • Habit: Mounded
  • Container Role: Filler

PLANT NEEDS

  • Light Requirement: Sun to Shade
  • Maintenance Category: Easy
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring - Early Fall
  • Hardiness Zones: 5 - 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, Mass Planting, 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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