Dicentra macrantha mystery - Knowledgebase Question

Atlanta, GA
Question by rsaag
June 5, 2005
I am desprately in need of information on a (I think) bleeding heart species called Dicentra macrantha. A while ago, I saw a picture of this heart-stoppingly beautiful plant in a Shade-perinnial dictionary. All I can recall now is the botanical name and would greatly thank any of your expert advice on where to get it, what I should know in order to keep it properly, its soil preferences, and its common name (if it has one). Thanks, your time would really help.


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Answer from NGA
June 5, 2005

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Dicentra macrantha, also called yellow bleeding heart, is a rare plant and difficult to find. This plant grows best in morning sun, afternoon shade and has the typical bleeding heart shaped flowers, but in yellow. Yellow stems support ferny foliage and 3-4 inch, creamy-yellow flowers. I've searched and searched, but cannot find a source of this plant for you. Sorry!

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