Dicentra formosa Aurora
Dicentra formosa 'Aurora' photo at Whitehouse Nursery and Display Gardens

Fern-Leaved Bleeding Hearts

Dicentra 'Aurora' is a variety of Dicentra that has been around for a long time but is underused. The attractive, grey-green fern-like foliage looks good throughout the season. The creamy white flowers are produced heavily in spring and then periodically throughout the summer. In our garden it blooms most of the summer.

  • Height: 25 - 30 cm (10 - 12 in)
  • Spread: 36 - 46 cm (14 - 18 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 3
  • Sun or Shade: partial sun to partial shade
  • Bloom Time: late spring to summer
  • Leaf Colour: bluish-green
  • Bloom Colour: white
  • Critter Resistance: deer

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Dicentra is a woodland plant that likes rich, organic soil that is moist but well drained. At planting time amend the soil with compost and apply a mulch to conserve moisture. It can be cut back in the late fall or the spring.