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PlantFiles: Fringed Bleeding Heart, Fern Leaf Bleeding Heart
Dicentra eximia

Family: Fumariaceae (foo-mar-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dicentra (dy-SEN-truh) (Info)
Species: eximia (eks-IM-mee-uh) (Info)

7 vendors have this plant for sale.

36 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

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:

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Erutuon 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.

Positive Ttinylass 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

Positive kooger 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.

Positive pereniallyyours On Aug 26, 2006, pereniallyyours from Queensbury, NY wrote:

We have a beautiful bleeding heart with probably a 2 foot base - it has been here a while - any ideas on when is the best time to move or divide? We are in upstate NY

Positive summerfun67 On Jun 29, 2005, summerfun67 from Graham, WA wrote:

This plant grows wild in my backyard in Graham, WA. It is a wonderful beauty.

Positive idahotransplant 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".

Positive carolcastro On Oct 13, 2003, carolcastro wrote:

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.

Positive bsarg 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.

Negative Magazinewriter On Jun 29, 2003, Magazinewriter from Bloomfield Hills, MI wrote:

I bought three dicentra last year; only one came back this year. It just sits there limply and gives off a few wilted looking blooms.

Positive lupinelover 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.

Positive Terry 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
Juneau, Alaska
Seward, Alaska
Carlotta, California
Sacramento, California
Niantic, Connecticut
Oxford, Connecticut
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Farmersburg, Indiana
Greenville, Indiana
Inwood, Iowa
Portland, Maine
Brookeville, Maryland
Gaithersburg, 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
Ballston Lake, New York
Jefferson, New York
Queensbury, New York
Southold, New York
Cary, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Port Matilda, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Belton, South Carolina
Greenville, South Carolina
Knoxville, Tennessee
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Fort Worth, Texas
Essex Junction, Vermont
Leesburg, Virginia
Springfield, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Puyallup, Washington

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