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Growing Bleeding Heart

Growing Bleeding Heart

Giant White Bleeding Heart



Bleeding heart is a hardy spring-blooming perennial with interesting, heart-shaped flowers and blue-green leaves. It is available in several giant and dwarf forms in colors including pink, white, and yellow. Hardy in zones 3 to 9. Plants go dormant in summer after flowering. Can be used as a cut flower.

How To Plant

Before planting, keep bare root plants in a cool place out of direct sun. Can hydrate before planting by soaking roots in water for 2 to 3 hours. Plant in spring 4 to 8 weeks before the last frost. Loosen soil 12 to 18 inches deep and wide enough to fit all the roots. Incorporate organic matter like compost into loosened soil and mix well. Trim any damaged or broken roots, and spread remaining roots evenly. Plant so that the base of the crown is at the top of the soil.


For part shade to full shade in moist, well-drained soil. Prefers cool climates and dislikes heat. Benefits from mulching. Foliage can be removed when it dies back in summer. Good in combination with other plants that fill in when Bleeding Heart goes dormant.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Usually free from problems, but slugs, powdery mildew, and verticillium wilt sometimes affect plants. Use low rates of Algoflash Flowering Plant 4-6-7 Liquid Fertilizer (51087), Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221), or Osmocote 14-14-14 (51173).

Alternative Products

Other hardy flowering perennials for shaded sites include Astilbe, Helleborus, and Sugar And Spice Tiarella (14408).

Complimentary Products

Plants are moderate feeders and benefit from regular fertilization. Good in combination with shade-tolerant foliage plants like Ferns and Hosta.

Product Recommendations

Use Sluggo Plus to protect plants from slug and snail damage.

Bleeding Heart Facts

Bleeding Heart is related to the North American native wildflower Dutchman's Breeches.


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