Native Plant of the Month: Bleeding Heart
By City Landscape Staff
- Binomial Name: Dicentra formosa
- Soil Type: moist, rich, porous soil
- Sunlight: Full shade to part sun
- Plant Type: Flowering, deciduous
- Form: multi-stemmed, fern-like
- Foliage: blue-green leaves
This perennial plant spreads by rhizomes in the soil and by seed creating a lush patch usually in tree understories. Bleeding hearts can grow to about one and a half feet tall and three feet wide in the right conditions. In early spring this plant will send out stalks which hold rows of heart shaped purple to pink flowers with white tips. March would be a great time to plant Bleeding heart to get the effect of the beautiful flowers in your yard and attract hummingbirds and bumblebees by late April.
Native Plant of the Month is brought to you by the City of Beaverton’s Landscape and Urban Forestry Department.