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Hardiness: USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 °C (-50 °F) USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 °C (-45 °F) 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: Light Shade
Danger: All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction
Bloom Color: Pink White/Near White
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer
Foliage: Grown for foliage Herbaceous Blue-Green
Other details: 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 herbaceous stem cuttings From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
Seed Collecting: Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed
On Jan 3, 2010, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
This is a very lovely plant whose gracefull stems full of white flowers really brighten up the shade bed. I have found it to be a quick grower and very vigorous. At the end of their first full year, it was necessary to move some of them due to their incredible size. They have been relocated to an area of extremely dry shade. It will be interesting to see whether or not they will survive there.
On Feb 16, 2009, wandygirl from Brookfield, CT wrote:
I planted this beauty in a traffic island bed under tall trees. Was lovely for several years with absolutely no supplemental care. Last spring it didn't show. Upon close inspection it was obvious that someone had dug it up. I guess someone really liked it. It goes dormant after blooming.
On May 5, 2008, rosewood513 from Lanoka Harbor, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:
I saw this lovely flowering plant growing in a relatives' garden in deep shade and had to have it.
It is so graceful and airy and the flowers just catch your eye. I planted them three years ago and are doing well.
They greet me as I come home, I placed them in by walkway and they seem to wave and bob their little heads as I pass. Simply delightful.
On Sep 4, 2007, Sashagirl from Davenport, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:
This plant is one of my favorites, because of it's soft, graceful form.
I planted mine about 17 years ago, as a quart size nursery grown plant, and have moved it 2 or 3 times over the years, due to landscape renovations.
It is so dependable, but is slow to grow to maturity-takes several years, in fact. It's mature size for me, is about 40 inches tall, with about 4 ft. breadth.
I have it in a dry shade bed, and seldom water it-and it seems to thrive with neglect, once established.
The foliage starts to look ratty around the first of August, so I cut it back to the ground at that time, and fill in that spot with a large containered shade plant.
I highly reccomend this beauty, for it's stunning presence, its durability, and ease of care.
On Apr 30, 2006, LrngToFly from Clinton, MA (Zone 5b) wrote:
I love this plant; I have an 'Alba'. Unfortunately I just had my house re-roofed and they destroyed it! The four stalks were cut off about an inch above the ground. This happened just before it was about to bloom. I assume it will die because it won't have the ability to re-strengthen the roots for next year. I'm going to purchase another (and perhaps one with some color as well.)
On Mar 27, 2006, SW_gardener from (Zone 6a) wrote:
So far I've only seen this variety in books and photos, but today I was at the garden center and bought a root of it!!!
So I brought it home and planted it right away (next to the transplanted remains of my pink one. I don't know if pink will live or not). It has some good growth coming on it and I put an upside down clay pot over it to protect it from the cold during the night. I hope it does well and I'll update this when I have more info!
On May 21, 2005, sanity101 from Dublin, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:
See the Dicentra spectabilis entry for information on the pink version of this plant. In my experience, the two colors are almost identical.
The exceptions are if a white and a pink are planted too close together, the pink will have a little more vigor and crowd the white, though otherwise, the Alba variety is not lacking in vigor, both spread and flower profusely.
Also, the alba variety will self-seed, (though modestly) which I have not observed in the pink specimins.
Very pretty and worth seeking out if not avaliable in your area.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Anchorage, Alaska Cammack Village, Arkansas Bow Mar, Colorado Brookfield, Connecticut Oxford, Connecticut Pike Creek, Delaware Plainfield, Illinois Washington, Illinois Indianapolis, Indiana Macy, Indiana Davenport, Iowa Barbourville, Kentucky Fort Thomas, Kentucky Hebron, Kentucky Durham, Maine Ijamsville, Maryland Ann Arbor, Michigan Detroit, Michigan Pinconning, Michigan Saint Clair Shores, Michigan South Rockwood, Michigan Fridley, Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 reports) St Paul, Minnesota Brunswick, Missouri Columbia, Missouri Auburn, New Hampshire Denville, New Jersey Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey Laurel Lake, New Jersey Baxter Estates, New York Crown Heights, New York Schenectady, New York Southold, New York Belfield, North Dakota Coshocton, Ohio Dublin, Ohio Fredericktown, Ohio New Miami, Ohio Ashley, Pennsylvania East Norriton, Pennsylvania Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania Laflin, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Rector, Pennsylvania Warwick, Rhode Island Summerville, South Carolina American Fork, Utah Magna, Utah West Valley City, Utah Essex Junction, Vermont Arlington, Virginia (2 reports) Danville, Virginia Fairlawn, Virginia Leesburg, Virginia Kalama, Washington Olympia, Washington Walnut Grove, Washington Marinette, Wisconsin Muscoda, Wisconsin