Bleeding heart native to eastern half of USA, underrated and underused perennial that is more common in European than in North American gardens.
Grows into regular mounds of gray-green leaves, topped with rose-pink flowers.Slowly spreads into wider, somewhat ground-covering clumps. Can selfseed in optimum conditions.
Usual size is 1-1.5' tall and 1.5-2' wide, flowers in April till June/July (summer heat stops it's flowering season, but in cooler regions can bloom continuously, or can rebloom when it cools down in late summer/early fall).
Prefers half shade, dappled shade or light shade under canopy of bigger trees (or in bed shaded by the house), with soils with some organic matter (leaf mulch, leaf compost). Average moisture to moist soil. This perennial will tolerate shorter term summer droughts (can become dormant in severe droughts). Likes some moisture (moist and drained), but soil shouldn't be waterlogged (especially in winter).
Hardy in zones 3 to 9. Naturally occurs in wooded slopes, coves, rocky woods and ledges of Appalachian Mountains, see the USDA map for distribution.
Deer and rabbit resistant, black walnut tolerant. Attracts bumblebees and even hummingbirds.
Great plants for half shade garden (half sun garden in cooler regions), woodland garden, shaded rock garden or for naturalizing.
Picture copyright : Hedwig Storch, Commons Wikipedia
Pot size : square 3.5" x 4" deep perennial pot