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Common bleeding heart

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

Seasons 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


Location of Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Common bleeding heart) at the Arboretum