Native Range: Eastern North America
USDA Hardiness: 3-9
Growing Conditions: Part shade; moist, rich soils
Who ever heard of a Bleeding Heart blooming from spring into October? Dicentra eximia ‘alba’ is one of the few woodland wildflowers with such a long bloom time. We recently fell for its long-blooming delicate dangling white flowers when we planted it for a Native Garden at the New York Botanical Garden. Its lush, fern-like foliage interplants easily with native woodland sedges and ferns and makes it a wonderfully versatile plant. We have also recently paired it with Phlox subulata ‘Emerald Blue’ in the shady interior courtyard of a mixed-use building near the National Cathedral here in Washington, DC.