DESCRIPTION: A vigorous variety with delicate and pedulous clusters of red and white flowers in late spring, over ferny gray-green foliage that is delicate and finely cut; a beautiful garden accent....
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DESCRIPTION: A vigorous variety with delicate and pedulous clusters of red and white flowers in late spring, over ferny gray-green foliage that is delicate and finely cut; a beautiful garden accent.

BOTANICAL NAME: Dicentra spectabilis 'Hordival'
OTHER NAMES: Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 75 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 75 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Partial shade
FLOWER COLOUR: Deep Red with white
FLOWERING TIME: Spring
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Powdery green
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 3 ( Should survive up to -39.9° Celsius )
WATER NEEDS: Average
OTHER FEATURES: Border, Attracts Hummingbirds, Heart-shaped Cut Flowers, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant

Ornamental Features

Valentine Bleeding Heart features delicate nodding cherry red heart-shaped flowers with white centers dangling from the stems from late spring to early summer. Its ferny compound leaves remain grayish green in colour throughout the season. 

Landscape Attributes

Valentine Bleeding Heart is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

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. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Valentine Bleeding Heart is recommended for the following landscape applications:

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Valentine Bleeding Heart will grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 28 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 24 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 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 somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. 

Valentine Bleeding Heart is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. 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. 

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