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Common Bleeding Heart

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.

Botanical name: 
Lamprocapnos spectabilis
All Common Names: 
Common bleeding Heart, Bleeding heart
Family (English): 
Poppy
Family (Botanic): 
Papaveraceae
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Perennial
Foliage: 
  • Deciduous (foliage falls off)
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 3
  • Zone 4
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
  • Zone 8
  • Zone 9
Growth Rate: 
  • Fast
Light Exposure: 
  • Partial shade (4-6 hrs indirect light daily)
  • Full shade (4 hrs or less of light daily)
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Pink
Size Range: 
  • Medium plant (12-24 inches)
Shape or Form: 
  • Arching
  • Mounded
Landscape Uses: 
  • Mixed border
Time of Year: 
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
More Information: 

Size

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

Inconspicuous