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Bleeding Heart

Dicentra spp.

Also known as

Dielytra, Dutchman's Breeches

Dicentra canadensis - Canadian Heart Flower by Fritzflohrreynolds (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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The foliage of a Dicentra plant with some pink flowers
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Bleeding Heart Overview

Dicentra is a genus of around 8 hardy perennial herbaceous species with ornate, uniquely-shaped hanging flowers and divided foliage. Originally from Eastern Asia and North America, this genus resides in the Papaveraceae family. Some of these species have been hybridised and cultivated extensively for use in gardens due to their interesting flowers. They are characterised by the production of flowers on stems coming directly from the roots.

Common problems with Bleeding Heart

How to propagate Bleeding Heart


You can propagate by division when dormant in late winter.


Propagate by species by seed in autumn.

Special features of Bleeding Heart

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Bleeding Heart

Grown for their elegant sprays of pendant flowers.