Hardiness: USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F) USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade
Danger: All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction
Bloom Color: Pink Red
Bloom Time: Mid Spring Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer Blooms repeatedly
Foliage: Grown for foliage Herbaceous
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing the rootball From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
Seed Collecting: Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
On Apr 20, 2011, Erutuon from Minneapolis, MN wrote:
All the photos on this page are actually Dicentra formosa. The real Dicentra eximia has slender flowers, with more sharply bent "wings" (outer petals). Dicentra formosa, which has fatter flowers, is sold by nurseries under the name of Dicentra eximia.
I planted the real Dicentra eximia, which a friend gave me from his garden, where it self-sows. I hope it will do the same in my garden, although the soil is somewhat drier.
On Jun 4, 2007, Ttinylass from Knoxville, TN wrote:
I live in East Tennessee, This plant has bloomed for me from early March with continuous blooms covering the plant until late October when finally frozen to the ground. It sprung back up early this year, weathered a late freeze, and is blooming like mad. I do remove the seed pods when they lay on the ground, and throughout our 90+ degree heat, she will have 20 or more bloom scapes covering the pretty silver folage. Bug and disease resistant too, what's not to love! Ttinylass
On Oct 13, 2006, kooger from Oostburg, WI (Zone 5b) wrote:
This a beautiful plant. Mine is now 4 years in my garden and is about 3 feet wide and 2.5 feet tall. It blooms all summer and does not die down like the old-fashioned dicentra varieties. It does have volunteer seedlings each summer that I gladly share but is definitely not invasive. This plant is in full shade on the north side of my garage.
On May 11, 2004, idahotransplant from Rathdrum, ID wrote:
I have very good luck growing this in Northern Idaho. It is planted in a quite shady area; next to the house between the house and our large tree next to the driveway. I have been told the flowers look like " ladies in a bathtub upside down".
Purchased two plants, put in very shady area, received average watering. Performed well first year. Second year plant closest to light did very well, plant further away from light produced foliage but no blooms. Clearly likes partial shade, tolerates little water.
Are native to California however these plants referred to here are cultivars.
On Jun 30, 2003, bsarg from Worcester, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:
One of my favorite garden plants! Lovely foliage. If you pinch off the stems after blooming it goes for the whole season (May to frost here)although a dwindling supply of new flowers.Performs much better in light shade.
On Jan 5, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
Fringed bleeding heart is much more forgiving of temporary hot/dry spells than the more commonly grown species. It stays above-ground and blooms if provided suitable moisture and shade, occasionally into the autumn.
On Mar 12, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
Has fern-like foliage and blooms intermittently through the summer. There are several varieties with flowers in shades of red or pink. The plant tolerates full sun if well-watered, although does best in partial shade.
Plant in a well-drained spot enriched with humus or peat. Fringed Bleeding Heart self seeds freely and may become overcrowded in time.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Auburn, Alabama Bear Creek, Alaska Juneau, Alaska Carlotta, California Sacramento, California Niantic, Connecticut Oxford, Connecticut Mount Prospect, Illinois Farmersburg, Indiana Galena, Indiana Inwood, Iowa Portland, Maine Brookeville, Maryland Darnestown, Maryland Boxford, Massachusetts Reading, Massachusetts Worcester, Massachusetts Grand Blanc, Michigan Grand Rapids, Michigan Madison Heights, Michigan Mason, Michigan Pinconning, Michigan Royal Oak, Michigan Minneapolis, Minnesota Olive Branch, Mississippi Hudson, New Hampshire Princeton Junction, New Jersey Country Knolls, New York Glens Falls North, New York Jefferson, New York Southold, New York Cary, North Carolina Elizabeth City, North Carolina East Norriton, Pennsylvania Laflin, Pennsylvania Port Matilda, Pennsylvania Belton, South Carolina Greenville, South Carolina Knoxville, Tennessee Murfreesboro, Tennessee Benbrook, Texas Essex Junction, Vermont Leesburg, Virginia West Springfield, Virginia Edgewood, Washington Kalama, Washington