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Dicentra ‘Stuart Boothman’ (Bleeding Heart)

Bleeding Heart 'Stuart Boothman', Dwarf Bleeding Heart 'Stuart Boothman', Fringed Bleeding Heart 'Stuart Boothman', Dicentra 'Boothman's Variety'

AGM Award
Dicentra 'Stuart Boothman', Bleeding Heart Stuart Boothman, Dicentra formosa, Fern-Leaf Bleeding Heart, Pink Flowers, Shade Perennial

Award-winner Dicentra ‘Stuart Boothman’ (Bleeding Heart) is a compact herbaceous perennial adorned with a gray-green, finely divided foliage and arching sprays of nodding, heart-shaped, deep rosy-pink flowers. Blooming in late spring and summer, the flowers dangle gracefully above the lush foliage mound. A tough and resilient subject that spreads reliably once established. Unlike Common Bleeding Hearts (Dicentra spectabilis), it will not go dormant in midsummer as long as the soil is kept moist.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for its outstanding merits.
  • Grows up to 12 in. tall (30 cm) and 16 in. wide (45 cm).
  • Thrives in part shade and is easily grown in fertile, humus-rich, neutral or slightly alkaline, moist, well-drained soils. It can be grown in full sun in the coolest part of its range provided the soil is kept consistently moist.
  • Great for beds and borders, city gardens, cottage gardens, banks and slopes, underplanting shrubs or as a ground cover
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for slugs. Deer and rabbit resistant.
  • Propagate by division in early spring or after the leaves have died down. Propagate by root cuttings in winter.
  • If ingested, all parts may cause stomach upset, the foliage may aggravate skin allergies. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling. Bleeding Heart plants are not only toxic to humans but animals as well. Although aesthetically pleasing, this plant contains soquinoline alkaloids. Alkaloids negatively affect animals, most commonly cattle, sheep, and dogs.

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Papaveraceae
Genus Dicentra
Common names Bleeding Heart
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' (30cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 16" (40cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Bees
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Dicentra formosa ‘Ivory Hearts’ (Pacific Bleeding Heart)
Dicentra ‘Fire Island’ (Fern-Leaf Bleeding Heart)
Dicentra ‘Pink Diamonds’ (Fern-Leaf Bleeding Heart)
Dicentra canadensis (Squirrel Corn)
Dicentra formosa (Pacific Bleeding Heart)
Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman’s Breeches)

Recommended Companion Plants

Lysimachia punctata ‘Alexander’ (Yellow Loosestrife)
Myosotis sylvatica (Wood Forget-Me-Not)
Hosta (Plantain Lily)
Brunnera macrophylla (Siberian Bugloss)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Papaveraceae
Genus Dicentra
Common names Bleeding Heart
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' (30cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 16" (40cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Bees
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard
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