Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Old Fashioned Bleeding Hearts

Fringed Bleeding Heart Dicentra eximia

While researching for appropriate links for the specimens in the Gass Garden post below, I noticed many of the potential sites to select for Dicentra spectabilis, referred to the plant as “Old Fashioned” Bleeding Heart.  It makes sense since the plant was first introduced from Japan in the early 1800’s and has been a staple in shade gardens ever since.  Here are some pictures from my shade garden taken a few weeks ago during the last week in April.  I have both the native fringed bleeding heart, Dicentra eximia, as well as the Japanese one.  All were acquired from fellow Master Gardeners, either as gifts or from the plant sale.  Enjoy.

Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart Dicentra spectabilis

Dicentra eximia with another shade garden must, Wood Poppy, Stylophorum diphyllum

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