Fringed Bleeding Heart (Dicentra eximia) in the Bleeding Hearts Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Plant Height: 12-18 inches
Plant Spread: 18-24 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Leaves are finely divided and fernlike.
Fruit: Other: Pod containing many seeds, dark brown when ripe, with white growths (elaiosomes), which are eaten by ants
Fruiting Time: Summer
Fall
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Pink
Red
White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Summer
Fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Other: may cause skin irritation
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Stratify seeds: A moist medium aids in fermination.
Sow in situ
Other info: Seed is short viable (will die if it dries out). Sow immediately after it ripens and keep moist. Roots are brittle; transplant with care.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Other: Divide while leaves are dormant.
Pollinators: Bumblebees

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What's Blooming in AprilWhat's Blooming in April
April 19, 2012

Like many other parts of the Midwest, our spring came early in Iowa this year, with temperatures approaching those of summer. Unfortunately, we are back to reality now, with three successive nights of temperatures in the upper 20s. Some plants suffered visible damage, but many that I expected to see damaged breezed through the cold spell with nary a blemish! Come on into the garden and see what our early spring has wrought.

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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-04-30
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Location: East Tennesseephoto courtesy of Sunlight Gardens, www.sunlightgardens.com
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Location: VirginiaDate: 2012-05-25
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Location: Rose gardenDate: 2007-0502Very nice foliage.
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Location: VirginiaDate: 2012-05-25
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Location: Rose gardenDate: 2008-0824To shade the roots of clematis 'Ernest Markham'.
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-04-26
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-04-26
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Location: Rose gardenDate: 2008-0824
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Location: Rose gardenDate: 2008-0824Blooms last a long time.
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Location: Left of clematis 'Pink Champagne'Date: 2013-0501 Sweet plant.
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Photo Courtesy of Prairie Nursery. Used with Permission
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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Posted by Cyclaminist (Minneapolis, Minnesota - Zone 5a) on May 15, 2016 1:24 PM

One of my all-time favorite plants. It blooms for pretty much the whole growing season, and the flowers have a fascinating shape. The leaves are also attractive. It grows in a thick clump, and spreads slowly by branching rhizomes.

Bumblebees love to visit the flowers. They're pretty much the only bees strong enough to push apart the petals and reach the nectar in the pouches at the top of the flower near the stem. Sometimes you can see which flowers they've visited, because the petals have a gap between them. Mason bees also visit the flowers.

The plant is technically in the poppy family, but the flowers are very odd and look nothing like poppies. However, they actually have four petals, like a poppy. When you look at the flatter side of the flower, the two outer petals are the parts on either side that have bent-back tips. The two inner petals are the ones that form the center of the flower, the part that points downwards. They look like they are just one piece, but if you pull apart the flower, you can see there are two parts that are joined together at the tip, positioned crossways (perpendicular) to the outer petals. The stamens and carpel are between them. The carpel is green and fairly fat, and it changes into a seedpod when the flower is pollinated.

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Posted by bonitin (Ghent, Belgium - Zone 8a) on Sep 23, 2011 11:18 AM

Very reliable plant that returns every year loyally, spreads nicely too without becoming invasive. beautiful lace like foliage and delicate flowers, blooms for a very long time, I love this plant!

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Posted by Cyclaminist (Minneapolis, Minnesota - Zone 5a) on Apr 26, 2015 1:13 PM

Dicentra eximia, the Appalachian species of bleeding-heart, is often confused with Pacific Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa subsp. formosa) , and Dicentra formosa and hybrids with Dicentra formosa are often sold as Dicentra eximia. The difference is in the flower shape. Dicentra eximia has slender flowers with longer outer petal tips that are bent back farther, while Dicentra formosa has fatter flowers with shorter petal tips that are not bent back as far.

Dicentra eximia is tolerant of hot and humid summers (unlike Dicentra formosa), and the flowers have a slight jasmine-like fragrance, which can be smelled on warm and still days, or if you lean down to the flowers.

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