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Dicentra eximia (Wild bleeding heart)
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Dicentra eximia

Wild bleeding heart or turkey corn

A popular plant for the shade garden, Dicentra eximia is a tremendous performer. The leaves are deeply cut and fern like. The pink flowers are oblong heart shaped with an inner petal that drips from the outer petals, creating the appearance that the heart is bleeding. The flowers are smaller and longer than the old-fashioned bleeding heart, but in long branching inflorescences that encourage a more floriferous species.

Dicentra eximia LP32 - 32 per flat Availability
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8-12 Inches


12-18 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Wild bleeding heart Interesting Notes

This long-blooming perennial adds a delicate texture to the garden with intricately cut blue-green leaves. The heart-shaped flowers appear in early spring and continue sporadically throughout the growing season. Pendulous pink but occasionally white flowers are held on 10-16” tall stems. Tolerant of some sun, wild bleeding heart thrives in filtered shade. It requires extra moisture after transplanting but once established does well under dry conditions. Wild bleeding heart is useful in a mixed border or naturalistic garden. It looks especially showy planted with the colorful leaves of Heuchera americana and contrasted with the bold round leaves of Asarum canadense. - Mt. Cuba Center

Fringed bleeding heart is a mound shaped plant growing to about 18 inches with blue-green, finely textured leaves. The main bloom period occurs in early summer, but with good moisture and deadheading it will continue to bloom into the fall. This perennial prefers a partially shaded site and well-drained soil. Wet soils during the winter and dry soils during the summer lead to plant loss. The foliage of fringed bleeding heart will not die back like that of old fashioned bleeding heart. 

Dicentra eximia Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prefers moist, fertile soil in full to part shade locations. They do not tolerate wet winter soils well. Great naturalizer in shady rock gardens. Easily self sows where happy.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Early Spring
Early Spring

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Late Summer
Late Spring / Early Summer
Early Spring
Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Propagation Type
Open pollinated
Native to North America
Ornamental Foliage
Moist Shade