Die Back Of Dwarf Bleeding Heart - Knowledgebase Question

Arlington, VA
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Question by bburns2
June 21, 2001
I planted several dwarf bleeding hearts this spring and the, 6 weeks later, planted more. The first set grew, bloomed and after a month, started to brown and die-back - almost like a bulb - no signs of pest or over or under watering. The second set is still coming up/filling out and it doing just fine. Question: Is this die-back pattern normal or is there something wrong with those plants? Thanks!

Answer from NGA
June 21, 2001
There are several types of bleeding heart. Dicentra spectabilis normally goes dormant in mid summer, but Dicentra eximia does not. The hybrid D. "Luxuriant" also stays in active growth all summer and will fade away if not provided ample water.

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