Plant of the week –
Common Name: bleeding heart gold heart
Botanical Name: dicentra spectabilis ‘gold heart’
These heart shaped flowers dangle from long wands above gorgeous chartreuse-yellow foliage. A stunning plant to brighten up a shade garden. The foliage typically mellows a bit in colour as the season progresses, but is still a stunning colour nonetheless. It is a clump-forming plant that typically forms a foliage mound of graceful, fern-like, golden leaves. Nodding heart-shaped, rose-pink flowers, usually 1” long, hang in a row on long arching racemes that bloom slightly above the foliage mound. I would love to plant a shade garden full of Gold Heart, or all Dicentra for that matter.
About 15 species make up Dicentra, a genus of perennials native to Asia and North America. The common name derives from the unusual heart shape of the flowers. They all prefer moist soil and very little to no direct sunlight. An old-fashioned gardeners favourite for many years.
Description – perennial
Hardiness Zone – 3-9
Exposure – part shade to full shade
Mature Height – 24 “
Bloom Time – late spring to early summer
Bloom Colour – pink
Scent – none