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Fringed Bleeding Heart
Dicentra eximia 18" tall. North American native plant with lacy blue-green foliage and dangling oblong heart-shaped blossoms that characteristically wear pink, but on occasion, are in the mood for white. Flowers are a little less tidy than the respectable D. spectabilis. Starts blooming in early summer and with regular deadheading can be cajoled into flowering all summer long. Given cool woodland conditions, the foliage of this Dicentra stays awake and looking good all season. Native to the Northeast and the Appalachian Mountains.
Plant 12" apart in full to dappled shade in moist well-drained fertile soil. Will not tolerate wet winter soils. Freely self sows and will form a lovely colony if you let it. Z3. (bare-root crowns)
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When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. If they are slightly dry, add a little water or, if they are going to be potted up soon, wet the roots. Generally, a little surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. If you cannot pot them up immediately, store them in a cool (35–40°) location for a short time.
Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors.
Pot up the rootstock using well-drained potting mix in a deep 6" pot or a 1-gallon container. Avoid coiling the roots in under-sized containers. Grow newly potted perennials for a few weeks in a protected location in indirect light at 50–60°. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting. Transplant outside once they show some top growth and the danger of frost has passed.