Pacific Bleeding heart: Dicentra Formosa

Pacific Bleeding heart

Pacific bleeding heart is also called Dutchman’s Britches. It grows 10 to 20 inches tall in full to part shade. The leaves emerge from the ground from February to March, and it starts to bloom in late March. It looks great in the summer season.


Scientific name: Dicentra formosa
Common name: Pacific bleeding heart, Western bleeding- heart


FamilyPoppy (Papaveraceae)
Growing formPerennial herb, Rhizome creeping, short-branched
Plant typeFlowering plant
SpeciesD. Formosa
Pacific Bleeding heart

Flowering data

Flower colorPink, purple, yellow, cream
Bloom timeMarch to July
WateringConsistently moist
HabitatGraveyards, gardens, wasteland, Ornamental, sometimes an escape
FruitElongated capsule

Leaf data

LeavesPinnate and compound
Color of leavesBright green
Length1 to 2 inches long
ShapeFern-like, finely divided

Plant care

SunShade to part sun
Soil typeMoist, well-drained, humus-rich soil, moist forest floor, humus-rich, moist soil, with lots of organic matter
Soil PHSlightly acidic to neutral
Soil MoistureMoist
Native AreasSiberia, northern China, Korea, and Japan

How to care pacific bleeding heart

Pacific bleeding heart grows best in partial shade. This plant needs partial shade.

Whole summer pacific bleeding plant needs water well, especially in the warmer season.

Bleeding hearts are not heavy feeders, so when to fertilize depends on the quality of the soil.

Bleeding hearts prefer humus-rich, moist soil, with lots of organic matter, but are not particular about soil pH. Spread 2- to 3-inch layers of organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure, over the existing soil.

Temperature and Humidity:
It needs an ideal temperature is 55 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It can tolerate humidity.

Pacific bleeding plant can be cut after the foliage naturally fades, it should happen in the early to the middle summer season.

Pacific bleeding heart plant growth:
The length of this plant is 18 inches tall and 60cm wide.

Read more about flowers in the Poppy family (Papaveraceae)

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