TREES & plants

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): 
Family (Botanic): 
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Perennial
  • Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Landscape Uses: 
  • Mixed border
Size Range: 
  • Medium plant (12-24 inches)
Light Exposure: 
  • Full shade (4 hrs or less of light daily)
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 3, 
  • Zone 4, 
  • Zone 5 (Chicago), 
  • Zone 6, 
  • Zone 7, 
  • Zone 8, 
  • Zone 9
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Season of Interest: 
  • Early spring, 
  • Mid spring, 
  • Late spring
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Pink
Shape or Form: 
  • Arching, 
  • Mounded
Growth Rate: 
  • Fast
More Information: 


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


Lamprocapnos spectabilis or Common Bleeding Heart