This is the white version of the Old-Fashioned Bleeding Heart, Dicentra spectabilis. Many gardeners enjoy planting both the pink and white together for a startling bi-colored effect with spring bloom. The white flowers are particularly striking in shade against the dark background of trees and shrubs.
Great color in the shade, The Bleeding Hearts. The genus Dicentra, commonly called Bleeding Heart, gives us some of the most treasured plants in America, providing dependable color in moist shade as companions with Hostas and Ferns.
Most popular and world-famous, is D. spectabilis, a species native to Japan. It is the larger of the dicentras (to about 3 feet,) and has the famous little heart-shaped flowers arrayed along arching stems, a lot like a string of pearls. The large bleeding hearts bloom only in spring, and in some areas, disappear altogether by midsummer, much like Trilliums and Daffodils.
They are quite easy to grow, as long as woodland conditions are provided. That means some shade, plenty of moisture with good drainage, and rich soil. Once your clumps have become large, you can easily divide the rhizomes after flowering.
|Item Package Size|
Bag of 1
Common Bleeding Heart White
Dicentra spectabilis Alba
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
|Estimated Mature Spread|
Late spring to early summer
Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Green fern-like foliage. Foliage goes dormant mid-summer.
Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Average, Moist / Wet, Well Draining
Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Containers
Northeast, West, Pacific Northwest
Spring / Summer, Fall
|Poisonous or Toxic to Animals|
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested.
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada|