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FutureStarrA Dicentra Plant
Dicentra grows best in soil that is rich in organic matter. Before planting, you can improve the soil by adding compost or leaf mold. There’s no need to add fertilizer. Dicentra are actually quite sensitive to fertilizers so it’s best to let them draw nutrients directly from the soil. Do not plant dicentra in soggy soil or in soil that is extremely dry. Old fashioned bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis) blooms in spring and after flowering, the foliage will gradually yellow and die back to the ground. If you wish, the foliage can be cut back when it starts to look tired and tattered. The plant may send up a fresh batch of leaves or it may just go dormant until the next spring. Plan ahead so nearby plants such as ferns, astilbes or hostas can fill in the gap.
Flowers have two tiny sepals and four petals. The flowers are bisymmetric: the two outer petals are spurred or pouched at the base and curved outwards or backwards at the tip, and the two inner ones with or without a crest at the tip. In Dicentra, all leaves are in a basal rosette, and flowers are on leafless stalks. In other genera with bisymmetric heart-shaped flowers (Lamprocapnos, Dactylicapnos, Ichtyoselmis, Ehrendorferia), leaves grow on stems as well as from the root.One of the most elegant of perennials, Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis) is a graceful herbaceous perennial boasting gracefully arching stems studded with lockets of pink flowers, whose hearts are no doubt bleeding, adorned with protruding white petals. They hang above the attractive foliage of soft green, divided leaves. Blooming for 4-6 weeks in late spring to early summer, it tends to decline or even disappear in mid-summer. However, if it is kept well-watered during the spring, dormancy may be delayed until late summer or early fall.
Great for shaded borders or woodland gardens, plant this old garden favorite among other perennials such as hosta, astilbe, pulmonaria or ferns to fill in the space left by its foliage when going dormant.Very floriferous, Dicentra 'Amore Pink' (Fern-Leaf Bleeding Heart) is a compact perennial noted for its beautiful feathery blue-green foliage and its impressive count of soft pink flowers. Blooming over a very long season extending from late spring to late summer, the flowers dangle gracefully above the foliage mound, which remains fresh-looking throughout the growing season. Perfect to brighten shady borders, rock gardens, underplanting shrubs, as edging plant or as a ground cover. Incredibly pretty, Dicentra 'Burning Hearts' (Fern-Leaf Bleeding Heart) is a compact, bushy perennial noted for its arching sprays of large, deep cerise-rose, heart-shaped flowers edged in white. Blooming over a very long season extending from late spring to late summer in cool summer climates, the flowers dangle gracefully above a striking foliage mound of feathery, finely-divided, blue-gray leaves. In warmer areas, flowering will stop in the heat of the summer and may start again in late summer to early fall. (Source: www.gardenia.net)