Common bleeding heart is an early-blooming perennial for shady sites. The delicate, pink heart-shaped flowers hang on long arching stems. These plants often go dormant (dieback to the ground) when the heat of summer comes, so plant longer-lasting perennials around them.
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Mixed border
- Medium plant (12-24 inches)
- Full shade (4 hrs or less of light daily)
- Zone 3,
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8,
- Zone 9
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Early spring,
- Mid spring,
- Late spring
18 to 24 inches high and wide.
Tree & Plant Care
Good plant for shade gardens and in woodland settings.
Leaves will die down to the ground in the heat of summer, so plant other perennials nearby.
Needs consistent moisture.
Disease, pests and problems
No serious pests.
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to Asia
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Alternate leaves, compound and deeply dissected, light green.
Leaves will die down to the ground in the heat of summer.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Pink, heart-shaped flowers on arching stems.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions