Luxuriant Bleeding Heart is a Dicentra formosa cultivar and also known as Dicentra formosa 'Luxuriant' or simply Dicentra Luxuriant and as Fernleaf Bleeding Heart or Fringed Bleeding Heart. It is native to western North America from California to British Columbia.
Dicentra Bleeding Heart plants should not be confused with the Old-Fashioned Bleeding Hearts or the Bleeding Heart Vine. Those are botanically different plants; yet, they are all considered to be bleeding heart plants because their flowers have a heart-shaped appearance.
Dicentra Luxuriant flowers are very popular, herbaceous shade perennials. They grow best in locations with part-shade to shade. The plants grow about 30 centimeters (1 feet) in height and have a width of about 50 centimeters (1.5 feet).
The unique, dangling, heart-shaped flowers are very attractive. And the plants are long bloomers and very robust. The cherry-red flowers bloom from spring to fall. The deeply cut, ferny foliage is greyish-blue-green throughout the summer and turns to a lovely golden tan in autumn. The foliage remains quite low and dense.
Plant it in rich soil that is kept moist but not wet. Water it well during the hot season and do not let they soil dry out. If you keep the growing conditions favourable you can enjoy the flowers for a long time, all season long! The good thing is that this plant will not go dormant in summer like the Old-Fashioned Bleeding Heart. Well, if you live in an area were the summers get very hot, Dicentra Luxuriant may go dormant as well, but it usually reflowers in autumn!
Dicentra Luxuriant is an excellent plant for a butterfly garden because it attracts butterflies and other insects! It is also very well suitable for a cottage, rock or alpine garden, for mass plantings, border edging, container planting or just for general garden use.
Keep in mind that this is a self-seeding plant. If you do not want this plant to spread too much do not forget to deadhead the flowers after blooming and before the seeds are ripe! The plant can be divided in spring.
Cut the plant down in late fall to prepare it for winter. It will fully grow back in spring.
Tip: Dicentra Luxuriant is rabbit and deer resistant!
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