Dicentra eximia (Ker Gawl.) Torr.

Wild Bleeding Heart, Turkey-corn, Staggerweed, Fernleaf Bleeding Heart




Family: Papaveraceae

Genus: Dicentra

Category: Perennial

Zones: 3 to 9

Size: To 18" tall and wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Part Shade, Shade


Deeply cut, grey-green foliage. Pink, purple or red flowers in spring to early summer, heart shaped, nodding on leafless stems. Prefers moist, rich soils but does not tolerate wet soil in winter or dry in summer. Will naturalize in favorable conditions.


Published in Fl. New York 1: 46 in 1843.

Basionym is Fumaria eximia Ker Gawl, published in Bot. Reg. 1: 50 in 1815.

Native to the eastern US from North Carolina to New Jersey.


My Experience: 

I purchased 3 bareroot plants from Michigan Blub in March 2013, they failed almost immediately and I replaced them and planted them in the Front Foundation Hedge.

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