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Tuesday, April 18, 2006
The Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis) is my favorite old-fashioned garden flower. This plant is near 3 feet across and has been blooming in a shady corner beside my screen porch for at least 20 years. Each year it seems to grow wider and bloom more heavily. Bleeding Hearts like shade and moisture - mine gets morning sun and plenty of rain water from the downspout beside the porch. In cooler climates, the foliage will stay nice through the summer, but here in NJ the heat and humidity yellows it by the beginning of July when I'll cut it back. I've read that the flowers are favored by hummingbirds, but I don't see them here reliably until July when my plant is past its prime. The plant's wild relatives, also Dicentras, are called Dutchman's Breeches and have a less showy, but similarly heart-shaped flower.