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DESCRIPTION: Lacy, fern-like, blue-green foliage on a compact mound with delicate, white dangling heart-shaped flowers on nodding stems, like little jewels in the garden; likes moist, shady areas.
BOTANICAL NAME: Dicentra formosa 'Aurora'
OTHER NAMES: Fringed Bleeding Heart, Plume Bleeding Heart
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 30 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 50 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Partial shade
FLOWER COLOUR: White
FLOWERING TIME: Spring
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Blue-green
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 3 ( Should survive up to -39.9° Celsius )
WATER NEEDS: Average
OTHER FEATURES: Attractive Foliage, Attracts Hummingbirds, Border, Cut Flowers, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
Aurora Bleeding Heart features delicate nodding white heart-shaped flowers dangling from the stems from early summer to early fall. Its ferny compound leaves remain bluish-green in colour throughout the season.
Aurora Bleeding Heart is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favour of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration:
Aurora Bleeding Heart is recommended for the following landscape applications:
Planting & Growing
Aurora Bleeding Heart will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As this plant tends to go dormant in summer, it is best interplanted with late-season bloomers to hide the dying foliage. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. Parts of the plant are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.
Aurora Bleeding Heart is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception.
*We must be contacted within 7 days of delivery and plants must be taken care of, unplanted and watered until we can pick them up.
**Cedars & Perennials only come with an in-season warranty only. Warranty does not apply to frost damage, hail damage, wind damage or any other acts of mother nature. Plants must be properly planted, properly watered and cared for. Warranty only applies to items purchased at full price or to a maximum discount of 10% unless otherwise specified.