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Dicentra formosa

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Family: Fumariaceae (foo-mar-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dicentra (dy-SEN-truh) (Info)
Species: formosa (for-MOH-suh) (Info)

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Category:
Perennials

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:
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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Pink

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Blue-Green

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive bonehead On Nov 19, 2009, bonehead from Cedarhome, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a native in my area. When I bring in forest dirt, I always get some volunteers, which I allow to just spread wherever they like. They bloom in May, and when they start to get too congested, I just yank them all out and they always come back. Nice ground cover / filler for me.

Positive Lady_fern On May 4, 2008, Lady_fern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

These plants colonize a shady area very well. They grow equally well under pine, maple, and walnut trees, spreading about 6" a year. Their flowers keep coming from May-August and are cute in little bouquets. I highly recommend this flower.

Regional...

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

Dobie,
Anchorage, Alaska
Crescent City North, California
Loyola, California
Sacramento, California
Sebastopol, California
Lombard, Illinois
West Chicago, Illinois
Oak Park, Indiana
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Southold, New York
Adair Village, Oregon
Eugene, Oregon
Gold Hill, Oregon
Harbeck-fruitdale, Oregon
Portland, Oregon (2 reports)
Salem, Oregon
Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania
Atascocita, Texas
Genola, Utah
Arlington, Washington
Chimacum, Washington
Lake Goodwin, Washington
South Milwaukee, Wisconsin



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