Dicentra formosa, Pacific Bleeding Heart, Pacific Northwest Native Plants, Oregon Native Plant, Sparrowhawk Native Plant, Portland
Dicentra formosa, Pacific Bleeding Heart, Pacific Northwest Native Plants, Oregon Native Plant, Sparrowhawk Native Plant, Portland

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
  • Growth rate: medium
  • 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: "Spring at Silk Weavers Way" by amandabhslater 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