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Dicentra 'King of Hearts'

Family: Fumariaceae (foo-mar-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dicentra (dy-SEN-truh) (Info)
Cultivar: King of Hearts

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6-12 in. (15-30 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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full 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


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:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

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

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4 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Dec 5, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The flowers are exceptionally beautiful, and once blooming begins in spring, it's constant till frost. The flowers are sterile and self-cleaning. The ferny blue-green foliage alone would make it worth growing.

However, I've had a hard time keeping this plant going for more than a couple of years. In my garden, it lacks vigor. Perhaps better drainage would help--one of its parents is notoriously finicky about drainage.

Most of the time, I see the plants are stressed from the subtle but beautiful orangey sunset tints the foliage frequently acquires. I've seen this both in my own Z6a garden and in other local gardens. While ornamental, I've come to see it as a sign of eventual failure.

I have not seen these plants go summer dormant here.

I suspect that this plant may perform better on the west coast than in the hot humid summers of eastern N. America.

Positive salmon1a On Jun 10, 2013, salmon1a from Florence, WI wrote:

This plant has been a winner for me! It is in constant bloom from mid-spring until frost and grows in medium shade. It is hardy and manageable - one of my best perennials!

Positive stormyla On Nov 24, 2009, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I find this Dicentra to be one of the ones that will tolerate drier soil conditions. It blooms for me from May to July then takes a rest and starts to bloom again in Mid September. It is definitley a good addtion to any garden. Mine are growing at the base of an apple tree.

Positive nutmegnana On Jul 30, 2007, nutmegnana from Adamstown, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

Lovely blue-green foliage with pink flowers. Just planted it this spring and it has been blooming beyond first-year expectations. Doesn't seem to mind the heat of summer. Very compact border plant.

Positive mpfenning_3 On Jun 29, 2007, mpfenning_3 from Suffern, NY wrote:

First attracted to the plant for the beautiful blue-green foliage. Lives in moderately moist soil around my house which can be very damp during the winter. Gets about 2 hours of direct morning sun a day, living on the north side of the garage. Grows right next to impatiens. Does not go dormant during the summer even with heat, and is almost continuously in bloom. Is small in stature but large in vigor and grace. Highly recommended.

Neutral Terry On Jul 8, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

This hybrid is a three-way cross between D. eximia, D. formosana ssp. oregana, and D. peregrina; sometimes found sold as a cultivar of D. formosa.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Leandro, California
Cordele, Georgia
Greenup, Illinois
Hanna City, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Wichita, Kansas
Hebron, Kentucky
Saco, Maine
Adamstown, Maryland
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Buffalo, New York
Suffern, New York
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Oil City, Pennsylvania
Fort Worth, Texas
Lexington, Virginia
Florence, Wisconsin
South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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