Ornamental Bleeding Heart Plants
Bleeding heart plants are herbaceous perennial plants that are native to Japan, sometimes known as Dutchman’s trousers. These pink-colored flower plants have small dangling tips that are compared to drops of blood. In fact, the most attractive part of a bleeding heart plant is its flowers. The all-time favorite among garden growers, Lamprocapnos spectabilis is now available in various types. While the different bleeding heart varieties vary in foliage and flower color, the old one can be recognized with the pink-colored flowers having white dangling tips. The leaves are compound with three leaflets and the stems are almost pinkish green in color. The plant size may vary with the different varieties, but they may grow to a maximum height of three feet. The flowers are produced on racemes that grow in a horizontal fashion. Each of these hanging flowers has a length of one to two inches. These plants are found to produce flowers during late spring to early summer.
The flowers have pink petals on the outside and the inner parts are white, with white dangling tips. Being deciduous in nature, these plants lie dormant after the blooming season, but grows back the next spring. Bleeding hearts are considered as shade-loving plants. However, some of them can tolerate full sun, if you maintain the moisture of the soil. They love moist soil and cool weather. The soil for planting them must be fertile as well as well drained. You have to apply a good amount of compost around the plant during spring.