General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 27 to 39 inches (70-100 cm)
Plant Spread: 20 to 31 inches (50-80 cm)
Leaves: Spring ephemeral
Fruit: Other: Long pod with black seeds. Seeds have white fleshy growths (elaiosomes), which are eaten by ants.
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Showy
Other: 7 to 15 flowers in a cluster
Flower Color: Bi-Color: Pink / White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Toxicity: Other: may cause skin irritation
Propagation: Seeds: Needs specific temperature: The seeds need a period of freezing temperatures.
Depth to plant seed: 0.5 cm (3/16 inch)
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Sow in autumn or winter, or: Sow at 18-22C for 4 weeks, move to minimum -4C for 6 weeks, move to 5-12C for germination.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Root
Division
Other: Divide after flowering
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant

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Common names
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Old-fashioned Bleeding Heart
  • Lady-in-a-Bath
  • Lady's Locket
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Lamprocapnos spectabilis
  • Synonym: Dicentra spectabilis

Photo Gallery
Location: At a nursery
Date: 2012-02-28

Date: May 2018

Date: May 2018
Location: Pacific Northwest
Date: 2012-05-10
Location: My garden near Lincoln UK
Date: 2008-05-21
I've had 4 plants in the ground for several years, they increased
Uploaded by Lucichar

Date: 2015-05-22
Location: My Garden, Utah
Date: 2015-04-11

Date: May 2018
Uploaded by MaryDurtschi
Location: Riverhead, NY
Date: 2018-05-05
Location: Primorsky Kraj, Russia
Date: 2001
Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis)
Location: At a nursery
Date: 2012-02-28
Location: Philadelphia 
Date: 04/05/2023
Planted last spring, small plant, blooms emerging
Location: IL
Date: 2019-05-21
A sign of disease? Only one stem looked like this and I cut it of
Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar, B.C.
Date: 2015-04-21
 3:30 pm. Bleeding Hearts - perfect heart shapes.
Uploaded by MaryDurtschi
Uploaded by mattsmom
Location: Bea’s garden
Date: 2024-04-06
Location: Millinocket, Maine
Date: 2023-06-03
Location: my garden, Poland
Date: 2017-04-18
Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar, B.C.
Date: 2017-05-04
 10:59 am. Reddish stems and beautiful emerging foliage.
Location: Michigan
Date: 5-16-18
Location: My Gardens
Date: April 24, 2009
General View Of Blooms
Location: Carson City, NV
Date: 2019-04-23
Location: Indiana
Date: April 2012
Bleeding Heart (Dicentra Spectabilis)
Location: Howick Hall garden, Northumberland, UK
Date: 2015-03-21
Location: Iowa
Location: IL
Date: 2010-04-27
Location: My Gardens
Date: May 3, 2013
In Shade
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2017-06-25
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2018-05-14
Location: My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania USA
Date: 2018-04-21
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2018-05-09

Date: 2015-05-22
Location: Woodbridge , Va
Date: 2018-04-10

Date: 2015-04-17

Date: 2017-04-26
Location: Zone 5b
Date: Summer, 2009
Location: At a local nursery
Date: 2012-03-28
Playing peek-a-boo through the bleeding heart.
Location: My garden in Bark River, MI
Date: 2014-06-25
Seed pods on Dicentra spectabilis
Location: Carson City, NV
Date: 2020-04-29
Location: Kerrville, TX
Date: March 31, 2003
Location: West Valley City, UT
Date: 2009-05-06
Location: My Gardens
Date: April 18, 2010
Very Close Up
Location: Interlochen, MI
Date: 2012-05-01
Location: Indiana  Zone 5
Date: Apr 20, 2011 5:36 PM
Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C. 
Date: 2007-05-10
 4:30 pm. A truly beautiful, reliable and enchanting bloomer.
Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C. 
Date: 2011-05-28
 11:11 am. Always a magical blossom.
Location: Mountains of northern California
Date: May 03, 2018
Location: West Valley City, UT
Date: 2010-04-03
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2016-03-16
Location: My Gardens
Date: April 28, 2011
General View
Location: My Gardens
Date: May 4, 2011
General View

Date: 2020-04-14

Date: 2013-0501
Location: Harper post, full sun
Date: 2011-0330
Just emerging in spring.

Date: 2014-05-07
Location: My Gardens
Date: May 16, 2013
Close Shot

Date: 2012-02-28
Location: Michigan
Date: 6-23-18
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2010-05-06
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2009-04-26
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2010-03-22
Location: Tomato box at garage entrance.
Date: 2014-05-21
Blooming at no more than 4" tall.
Location: My Garden
Date: 2013-06-14
Location: Darwell Rolling Woods, Alberta
Date: 2015-06-17
Uploaded by HollyAnnS
Location: Kansas City, MO
Date: 2019-04-14

Credit florum
Location: Kerrville, TX
Date: March 31, 2003
Location: western Oregon
Date: 2016-01-02
Location: Interlochen, MI
Date: 2012-03-23

Credit florum
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2018-05-14
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-03-16
Location: my front yard
Date: 2005-04-25

Date: 2015-05-22
Location: Woodbridge , Va
Date: 2018-04-10
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date: 2022-06-02
Lady-in-a-bath.

Date: 2015-04-12
Location: Heathcote Ontario Canada
Date: 2015
Dicentra spectabilis   a beautiful plant
Location: Near garage
Date: 2013-0513
Self-seeded from about 40' away in sand, never fed or tended but
Location: Grey county Ontario Canada
Date: 2015
Dicentra spectabilis   found this in the woods
Location: Harper post, full sun
Date: 2011-0513
Filled with blooms.

Date: 5/8/15
Uploaded by Anderwood

Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2015-03-24
Location: Granite Falls, WA
Date: 2015-04-02
Location: West Valley City, UT
Date: 2011-05-11
Location: At a nursery
Date: 2012-02-28
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2005-04-11
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2005-04-11

Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
  • Uploaded by Joy

Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: central Illinois
Date: 4-18-05
Location: central Illinois
Date: 4-18-05
Location: Kerrville, TX
Date: March 31, 2003

Credit florum

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Credit florum
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2012-03-23

Date: 2014-04-04

Date: 2013-04-08

Date: 2014-04-04

Date: 2013-04-08

Date: 2014-04-04

Date: 2013-04-08
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-04-02
Location: my garden zone 7A Cape Cod, MA
Date: 2017-06-10
Location: my garden zone 7A Cape Cod, MA
Date: 2017-06-10
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2017-02-25
New growth before spring!
Location: Half whiskey barrel planter
Date: 5/31/2010

Date: 2015-04-12
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-03-16
Location: Sherwood Oregon
Date: 2015-05-25
Progressing blossoms
Uploaded by Anderwood

Date: 2015-04-08
Location: Coastal San Diego County 
Date: 2018-05-03
Location: Hood, Alabama
Location: Zone 5b
Date: Summer, 2009

Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: My Yard
Location: My garden in Bark River, MI
Date: 2015-04-19
Pink- and white-flowered plants emerging in April
Location: My Garden of Good and Evil
Date: 2023-03-11
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-04-03
Location: My Yard
Date: 2016-02-27

photo credit: H. Zell

photo credit: H. Zell
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Comments:
  • Posted by bsavage (Santa Clarita, CA - Zone 9b) on Dec 7, 2011 4:47 PM concerning plant:
    Bleeding heart is one of the very first plants that we bought when we moved to Colorado, because I love them and you can't grow bleeding hearts in Arizona, LOL! Every year we are amazed that an even bigger and showier plant comes from what became nothing over the winter. It is the first breath of spring and early summer, very happy in zone 5. Full sun.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 4, 2011 3:52 PM concerning plant:
    Grow bleeding hearts in partial shade to full shade, in a well-drained soil that has plenty of humus.
  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Oct 2, 2013 4:44 PM concerning plant:
    Very ornate plant. May go dormant mid-summer in hot weather. If so, just cut it back to the basal mound. This was one of the first flowers my granddaughter could identify, although she called them 'bloody hearts' - which I found a bit more macabre.
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labeled "white"; winter sow
lovesblooms On March 15, 2015 Plant emerged
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jg0613 On September 13, 2018 Miscellaneous Event
Still have the original plant- the clump gets bigger each year. It continues to do well in the last location I listed, where it remains.
jg0613 On March 24, 2016 Miscellaneous Event
Survived the winder, beautiful new foliage growing- no blooms yet. Neighbors' are blooming (the ones ours were divided from) but they have been in that spot for years.
jg0613 On July 15, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
Moved to far W end of same bed (most shady area) after getting Lobelias. Had survived winter and grew beautiful foliage which remained good looking even after transplant but never bloomed in 2015.
jg0613 On July 16, 2014 Obtained plant
Date approx. Gift from neighbor obtained by dividing their plants. Dormant but planted in ground in N fenced section of backyard in center of shady bed N of detached garage. Remained dormant in 2014.
NikkiGerena On June 9, 2017 Transplanted
NikkiGerena On June 1, 2017 Transplanted
KelliW On March 8, 2019 Plant emerged
antsinmypants On March 2, 2023 Seeds sown
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