Pacific Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa) in the Bleeding Hearts Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Leaves: Spring ephemeral
Other: The plant can be ephemeral and disappear when the weather warms. It regrows in fall or the following spring.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Purple
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Will Naturalize
Toxicity: Other: may cause skin irritation
Propagation: Seeds: Needs specific temperature: The seeds need a period of freezing temperatures.
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: To start seeds indoors, place in pot. Put the pot in a plastic bag and place in the freezer for 6-8 weeks. Remove the pot after that time and allow to germinate and grow in regular seedling conditions.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Other: Divide after flowering

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Location: Twisp
By lauribob
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Location: In my Northern California gardenDate: 2012-04-10
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Location: Cedarhome, WashingtonDate: 2018-05-08
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Location: TwispDate: October
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Location: Cedarhome, WashingtonDate: 2014-04-18Early spring
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Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C.  Date: 2009-05-107:14 pm. An enthusiastic ground cover with charming blossoms.
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: May 7, 2008 5:16 PM
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: Apr 30, 2008 3:10 PMJust beginning to give its first flowers..
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Location: My garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2013-05-23
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Date: 2015-05-18
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Image Courtesy of Bloomin Designs Nursery Used with Permission
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-06-13
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Date: 2015-05-18
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Comments:
Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Dec 2, 2013 4:30 PM

Native in the Pacific Northwest, west of the Cascades from British Columbia to California, from the coast to mid elevations. Found in the understory of conifer forests. This happy groundcover naturalizes where it wants in my gardens, typically in shady areas. After it blooms, I pull it all out to neaten up the bed, and it always returns the following spring.

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