Roses are so passé; welcome the new symbols of love- The Bleeding Heart Plants! When nature shows amore, carves in colors of endearment and fashions with passionate heart designs, it would probably look like this! Literally, makes us wonder whether these plants have actually been seeded with extra love, care and affection that they are blooming out the same.
They are scientifically known as Dicentra Formosa. Native to Japan, these plants grow up to 3 feet (0.9 m) and hearts grow up till 1-2 inches (3-5 cm) in length. They hang in a horizontal raceme with their pink outer petals and white inner petals. One long petal droops, which appears to be bleeding from the flower, hence the name. Their blooming period ranges from late spring to early summer. One more interesting thing about this flower is that, when turned upside down, they resemble a “lady in a bath”
They stay moist in a cool climate; however they are very sensitive to warm and dry climates, and therefore require some shade. Aphids, slugs and snails often feast on the plant’s leaves.
Not much effort is taken to take care of them. All you need to do is water them well as soon as you plant them, and only once a week during summer. In winter, you are required to water it every next week. They need not be watered for the rest of the year.
It grows well in moist woodland gardens, which means moist conditions work excellent for them. Besides pink colors, you can also find them in yellow, red and white colorations. They grow along with ferns, vine, trillium, foam flowers and maples. However, when you plan to grow them, make sure there is enough room for them to grow without overcrowding the container.
Their beauty comes with a price as they contain alkaloid toxins, so you should bear in mind not to eat them or give them to your better half (unless if you really want them to get poisoned).