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Dicentra formosa 'Bacchanal'

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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)
Cultivar: Bacchanal

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20 members have or want this plant for trade.

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
Rose/Mauve

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
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

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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Profile:

2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Samtpfote On May 27, 2010, Samtpfote from Gresham, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant has beautiful and massive flowers. I have it planted in a spot where it gets morning sun only and it grows like crazy. I already split of pieces twice to keep it under control.

Positive akcrafter On May 3, 2010, akcrafter from Philadelphia, PA wrote:

Nice tidy little plant with striking flowers. Seems to need very little care. I have mine in part shade to full sun beds that have rich soil but drain well. I don't find them invasive but they spread fairly easily from season to season. tolerating cold well.

Regional...

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

Anchorage, Alaska
Banner, Illinois
St Paul, Minnesota
Gresham, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
East Norriton, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Renfrew, Pennsylvania
Leesburg, Virginia



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