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Pacific Bleeding Heart

Scientific name

Dicentra formosa


Pacific Bleeding Heart is an attractive, spreading wildflower species that typically grows between 20 and 40 cm in height. The leaves are basal, bluish green colored, divided 3-4 times, and resemble ferns. The flowers are showy, pinkish rose to purplish colored, heart shaped, appear drooping from long stems, and bloom between May and July. The flowers are beneficial to pollinator species, especially hummingbirds. This plant is often used as an ornamental spreading groundcover. It is hardy, easy to grow, and low maintenance but water well until established.

Planting conditions

Pacific Bleeding Heart grows best in normal to moist conditions with partial sun exposure. It prefers well-drained, organically rich loam or humus soil types. It tolerates drought and dry soil, but young plants should be watered occasionally during hot summers. It is also resistant to deer grazing. This wildflower can be naturally found in moist forests or along shaded riparian areas.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 1.5m
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Normal
    • Moist
    • Drought Tolerant
  • Light conditions:
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Loamy
    • Humus
  • pH:
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
  • Eco Zone:
    • 3a
    • 3b
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
    • 6b
    • 7a
    • 7b
    • 8a
    • 8b
  • Plant type:
    • Ground Cover
    • Wildflower
  • Height:
    • 20-40 cm
  • Spread:
    • 2 m