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)
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
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer
Foliage: Grown for foliage Herbaceous Chartreuse/Yellow
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)
On Jun 9, 2012, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:
Outstanding performer in my north-facing flowerbed that is in shade all day. It emerges in early spring and flowers before most other perennials. The foliage is as much of a eye-catcher as the flowers, and brightens up the shady bed. Mine stays relatively healthy all summer, sometimes with a bit of dieback. I planted another one in a spot that gets late afternoon sun, and it does not grow nearly as well as the one in deep shade.
On May 16, 2011, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:
Gold Heart seems to grow larger than my other bleeding hearts, and the bright chartreuse foliage really brightens up my shade garden. It does decline somewhat in mid-late summer, but does not disappear entirely.
On Jan 3, 2010, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
Many of my peers report that the foliage on their Gold Hart dies in mid summer. Mine remains healthy the full season. It is planted in deep shade and grows and blooms there very well. It does not grow as fast for me as the other varieties of Dicentra spectabilis.
On May 2, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:
For me this variety tend to be more errantic compare to the regular species. One year all appeared really late - about mid to late May - I was about to give up on them when they came up. If kept watering, they will last through mid to late August like the species. And that's in my sandy soil! Also may be slightly more difficult to establish compare to regular species - I had a few died on me but at present have two to three speciments.
On Jul 9, 2005, fluffygrue from Manchester United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:
One of my garden favourites, and it certainly spreads! The foliage is wonderfully golden and contrasts well with its pink flowers, and looks superb when the light hits it. Comes up in Spring and dies down around November here. I have it growing in front of some bamboo, which looks great.
On Jan 14, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:
Clump-forming perennial with thick, fleshy roots and 2-ternate, greenish-yellow leaves. Arching, fleshy stems bear racemes of flowers with rose pink outer petals and white inner ones in late spring and early summer. Protect tender vegetation from late frosts and high winds. Usually dies down to the ground by mid-summer.
Prefers moist, humus-rich soil and partial shade. Protect from hot afternoon sun. Be very careful when digging or working the soil near the roots of any bleeding heart. Very easy to kill the roots by doing this.
All parts of the plant may cause mild stomach upset if ingested. Contact with the foliage may aggravate skin allergies. Zones 3-9
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Charleston, Illinois Washington, Illinois Waukegan, Illinois Westfield, Indiana Hebron, Kentucky Baltimore, Maryland Cochituate, Massachusetts Dracut, Massachusetts Grand Rapids, Michigan Hopkins, Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota Cayuga Heights, New York Clemmons, North Carolina Belfield, North Dakota Chesterland, Ohio Coshocton, Ohio Dallas, Oregon Salem, Oregon East Norriton, Pennsylvania Smyrna, Tennessee Austin, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Lexington, Virginia North Springfield, Virginia Battle Ground, Washington Poulsbo, Washington Seattle, Washington (2 reports)