Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Other Bleeding Hearts

We have two other varieties of bleeding hearts growing in our front flowerbed. The first is a native to our area; Dicentra Formosa "Pacific Bleeding Heart". This pretty native prefers moist, shaded areas like forests and stream banks. In the wild it reaches 20" in height but you can clearly see that ours is much larger.It is thriving with good soil and a little TLC.

Dicentra Formosa blooms from early Spring well into the Summer and it is just covered with pretty bunches of lilac colored hearts. The flowers have a light fragrance. As an added bonus, it also has very attractive, spring green, lobed leaves.

Our other bleeding heart is more traditional.

It is just now unfurling its long chains of red and white hearts.

1 comment:

Mindy said...

I don't know how I've gone this long, as an Oregonian, and NOT had any of that first one. My mom finally brought over a pot of it a couple weeks ago. I'm trying to decide if I want to put it in the ground.