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Close-up native Pacific Beeding Heart flower (Dicentra formosa ssp. formosa). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Groundcover of native Pacific Beeding Heart plant (Dicentra formosa ssp. formosa). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.

Pacific Bleeding Heart

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Dicentra formosa ssp. formosa

  • Size at maturity: 12-18" tall, 18-24" wide
  • Canopy layer: groundcover
  • Light requirements: full shade, part sun / part shade
  • Moisture requirements: moist to wet soil
  • Special features: supports hummingbirds, medicinal

Bleeding heart’s showy flower resembles a heart split open at the base, releasing its contents. It has delicate-looking fernlike leaves, with pink flowers that bloom from April to June. Bleeding heart prefers rich soil and some shade. It will thrive planted under evergreen trees or along stream banks. (EMSWCD, 2019)

Photo Credit 1: "Dicentra formosa" by pfly is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Photo Credit 2: "Dicentra formosa on Iron Horse Trail" by brewbooks is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0