Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


  • Product Info

    Wild Bleeding Heart (Dicentra eximia)
    Poppy Family

    Bleeding Hearts are a long blooming wildflower with beautiful foliage and unique flowers. The heart-shaped, pink flowers appear in late spring and bloom for several weeks. It is common to have a second bloom in the fall. The blue-green foliage is sharply dissected and remains semi-evergreen in mild winters. This plant will thrive in part shade with rich, moist soils, but can adapt to more or less sun successfully. When grown in more sun, consistent soil moisture is necessary. Long tongue bees and hummingbirds are frequent visitors to these hard to access flowers. Combines nicely with Canada Wild Ginger, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Dwarf Crested Iris, Virginia Spiderwort, and Violets.

    Blooms: Shades of pink, Apr-Jun, 6+ weeks (can have fall re-bloom)
    Leaves: Blue-green, lacy, fern-like foliage, delicate
    Height: 6-18"
    Soil: Moist-Average (can handle some dryness once established)
    Exposure: Part shade-Shade (more sun if soil is consistently moist)
    Fauna: Long tongue bees,hummingbirds, ants
    Seeds: Small, bean-like capsule filled with many shiny black seeds with an elaiosome

    Deer Resistance: High

    Zone: 3-9
    Native Status: NC native, rare in the Piedmont & Mountains
     Unknown ecotype, seed grown