Valentine’s Day may have you thinking all hearts and what better place to see hearts than in your garden?
Dicentra spectabilis, or more commonly known as Bleeding Heart is a plant that is not seen too often in the North Florida area. You may also find this plant under the name Lamprocapnos spectabilis, as it was recently reclassified. It has fern-like leaves, prefers shady areas, and dons pretty pink flowers in the shape of hearts. Plant experts say that it can survive in zones 2-9 and is worth trying if you are an adventurous North Florida gardener.
You will likely have to order this plant from a catalog and it will come as a bare root plant or as a tuber. This plant does go dormant in the summer when it becomes hot. For a stronger plant, wait to remove the yellowing leaves until they are well spent. It is recommended to plant in late summer or early fall for North Florida. Bleeding hearts should be planted in a spot with moderate shade to keep it cool. It prefers well-drained soil, rich in organic matter. Plant in areas where you are growing things like ferns, cast iron plants, caladiums, and begonias.
While rarely seen in Florida, this plant is common in the Northern US. If you have grown this plant in Florida, we would love to hear your successes and struggles in the comments.