Plant Profile Dicentra spectabilis ‘Hordival’ Valentine and Dicentra formosa ‘Bacchanal’

  • Common Name: Bleeding Heart
  • Exposure: Part – full shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy to Zone 3 or -40 degrees
  • Mature size: 30” x 30” & 1’ x 1.5’
  • Bloom Time: May into June or longer

Dicentra ‘Hordival’ Valentine is an amazing bleeding heart introduction. It is just as large and elegant as the spectabilis species or traditional bleeding heart from our childhood. It has the same deer resistance, the same disease free foliage and the same low maintenance and easiness of the classic with the only difference being the rich red flowers and stems. Because red is the complimentary color to green Dicentra
Valentine glows like a beacon from the shade garden with its graceful arching stems lined with hanging hearts. Bleeding heart Valentine makes a long lasting and sophisticated cut flower perfect for any afternoon tea.

Dicentra formosa ‘Bacchanal’ has the well deserved Great plant Pick nod of approval. Plants form a compact, long blooming,
vigorous, gray-green mound of ferny foliage. Starting in late spring arching stems will develop to support dangling, deep rose red hearts that may bloom throughout summer if given adequate moisture and shade. When plants are allowed to dry out they will go summer dormant but planted amongst other shade loving plants like Rodgersia, Hosta and Brunnera the space will go unnoticed.

Janis Saiki

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