Dicentra eximia - Fringed Bleeding Heart
Dicentra eximia - Fringed Bleeding Heart

Dicentra eximia - Fringed Bleeding Heart

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Butterfly FriendlyDeer ResistantRain GardenPart ShadeBird Friendly
Fringed Bleeding Heart
Dicentra eximia

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

  • Hummingbirds feed on flower nectar
  • Plants bloom for many weeks
  • Foliage persists through the growing season
  • Good cover for small wildlife

Native Range

Rich woodlands; mostly in the Appalachians; New Jersey and West Virginia south to Virginia and Tennessee.

Map Credit: The Biota of North America 
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)


Ants collect the seed from this plant as food, thus helping to distribute and plant more dicentras. Prefers moist fertile soil in full to part shady locations. Great naturalizer in shady rock gardens. Easily self sows where happy.




Easy to grow. Plant in a partially shaded area in rich moist soil. Remove old flower stems as the blooms fade if you do not want plants to self-seed.


Mature Size: 12-18in. Tall x 18-24in. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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