Bleeding Heart Characteristics
Bleeding Heart are native wildflowers in Pennsylvania. The foliage is grayish green with deeply cut lobes. The flowers are drooping and heart shaped. A single petal emerges from the rest of the flower that resembles a drop of blood, hence the name. The flower stems are bare and rise above the rest of the foliage. Blooming occurs in the cool months of spring and fall. Summer may be too warm for flowers to appear.
There are few serious disease or insect issues that plague Bleeding Heart. On rare occasions, aphids may become a problem. Root rot is likely to occur in poorly drain soils.