Common Bleeding Heart Choices
‘Alba’ offers white flowers but may not be as sturdy a plant as the pink/red bleeding hearts.
‘Pantaloons’ is a sturdier white one.
Fringed Bleeding-heart (Dicentra exemia)Choices
This version will bloom with gusto most of the growing season. It is native to the mid-Atlantic region of the United States so it is very easy to grow. Fringed bleeding heart plants grow 1 to 2 feet high, forming rounded bushy clumps that may measure 1 1/2 feet across after a couple of years. Their pale gray-green, or blue-green finely-divided leaves give them an attractive, ferny texture. Their flowers are tiny puffy, heart-shaped, 1/2 inch blossoms arranged in loose sprays of 8 to a dozen along one side of the top third of each thin stem. Stems rise about 12 inches from the soil, slightly above the foliage. Each pendant blossom is about 1/2 inch long. Available in white, pink and rose, they appear in early summer and will continue to bloom all summer into the fall if they enjoy sufficient moisture. If blossoms are not removed after flowering they self-seed. Foliage may fade or turn yellow in mid to late summer in full sun and dry conditions. If this happens cut plants back to the ground. New foliage will begin to appear before the season is over.
‘Adrian Bloom’ has deep red flowers;
‘Bountiful’ has deep pink flowers, heaviest in spring and fall.
‘Luxuriant’ has red- pink flowers, 18 to 20 inches tall over 12 inch tall foliage.