Family: Fumariaceae

Scientific Name: Dicentra spectabilis alba

Common Name: White Bleeding Heart

DescriptionA medium height, medium spreading plant for the shaded areas of the garden. This is a white form of the more common pink flowering Bleeding Heart.
Plant TypeAll Plants, Perennials Hardy
Hardiness Zone5
Sunlightprefers the semi-shaded areas, deeper shade the flower production will suffer, full sun it will yellow out and go dormant quicker
Moistureaverage to moist, will go dormant quicker if allowed to get dry during the early summer
Soil & Siteaverage, moist, humusy
Flowersheart-shaped, pendent, white, borne on arching branches on a inflorescent called a raceme.
LeavesThe leaves are deeply cut and compound. They are a lighter green than the more common pink version. This plant goes dormant in early to mid summer and the foliage disappears.
Dimensions18" tall by 2'-3' wide
MaintenanceCutting back the dormant plant. Addition of an organic mulch helps to maintain the moisture.
Propagationseeds that need cold stratification, division of the thick roots in the spring or when dormant
Native SiteNative to Japan
Cultivar OriginThe white form has been cultivated in England since around 1887.
Misc FactsThe pink form was introduced to England in around the 1840's by Robert Fortune. The name is Greek and means two spurs, which the flower has. (syn. Lamprocapnos spectabilis)
Author's NotesAlways grow the Bleeding Heart with a companion plant that will fill in the spot left when it goes dormant. I have mixed white and pink forms together and I like this combination. Have White Bleeding Hearts in gardens for over 18 years.
Notes & Reference#115-Bleeding Hearts, Corydalis and Their Relatives (Mark Tebbit, Magnus Liden, Henrik Zetterlund)
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