a pretty but fragile native wildflower

jeff_alJune 13, 2013

this is dicentra exemia, also known as wild bleeding heart, a native of the eastern u.s.
the flowers are not as showy as those of d. spectabilis but i really like the fern-like foliage better. mine is in a planter on the front porch where it is protected from hot sun and strong winds and rain. the stems of the leaves and flowers are very brittle and snap with little pressure so i try to avoid a spot where it might get brushed by humans or my pets although the chipmunks don't seem to care that they break off pieces when digging in the moist soil of the planter.
it will bloom spring through fall and the foliage will persist if not allowed to dry out. the sage-green colored foliage grows to about 15" tall with the flower spikes just a bit higher.

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moving down.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 12:39PM
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john_trussville(z7b AL)

Jeff, thanks for sharing the nice pictures. I wish more folks on this forum would do posts with pics.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 2:24PM
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catbird(z7 AL)

I like that. Are they sold anywhere or did you find in the wild?

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 10:46PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Oh cool, if I saw that foliage, I'd probably evict the plant. Glad I took a look at this. Probably not everything I pull is the weed I think it is.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 6:27PM
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i bought it from a box store garden center. it (2 roots) was bagged in milled sphagnum in the bulb display, just next to the box of d. spectabilis. chipmunks destroyed one plant but this one survived and does well for me.
i have never come across one of these in a natural setting. it may be endangered or possibly like they say about certain other plants such as lady's slipper orchids or trout lilies - uncommon except where locall abundant.
so purple, are you saying it looks like one of your garden weeds? :-)

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 12:22PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

At a glance, I would think it was Celandine, if I'm conjuring the right name for a yellow-flowered weed. I will have to pay more attention to those boxed "bulbs" if this plant would be happy down here also. What are the conditions where your plant is? Looks great!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 12:22PM
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