Dicentra formosa Walp.

Western Bleeding Heart

Plant to 45 cm tall, rhizomatous. Leaves 20-50 cm long, twice divided into 3, waxy blue on both surfaces or lower surface only. Flowers in clusters of 4 or more, pendulous. Petals 14-18 mm long; spring. Fruit 14-20 mm long, conical.

W North America

subsp. formosa  Tufted ferny leaved clump with rhizomatous rootstock. Leaves with long stalks, strongly waxy blue below. Flowers in branched clusters, rosy mauve to 2 cm long. The subspecies is waxy blue on lower leaf surface only.

subsp. oregona (Eastw.) Munz [D. oregona Eastw.] Oregon Bleeding Heart

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Fumariaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Distribution map

Dicentra formosa 'Alba'

Flowers white.

Dicentra formosa 'Langtrees'

Flowers white tinted pink.

Dicentra formosa 'Stuart Boothman'

Soft pink flowers and extremely blue foliage. ['Boothman's Variety']

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Ranunculanae
order      Ranunculales
family       Papaveraceae
genus        Dicentra Bernh.