bleeding heart - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by mcquayh
September 28, 2010
I bought two bleeding hearts to go on a trellis the extream cold killed them both last winter. Can these plants handle complete shade? I need a climmer with fragrance/color that can handle comlete shade any ideas? How do I protect them from the cold?

Answer from NGA
September 28, 2010
Bleeding Heart (Dicentra) will grow in the shade. When frost kills the tops of the plants just mulch over the crowns of the plants to protect the roots. The plants will develop new stems in the spring. Other vining plants tolerant of shade include Aristolochia littoralis (Calico Flower, Pipevine), Beaumontia grandiflora (Herald's Trumpet) and Campsis radicans (Trumpet Creeper).

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