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April 21, 2011 / virginiatrailschristine

In Bloom: Bleeding Hearts

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum - Bleeding Hearts

Bleeding Hearts are blooming next to the pavilion.

Genus: Lamprocapnos spectabili (formerly Dicentra Spectabilis)

Native to Japan, but used widely as a garden ornamental, Bleeding Hearts are a favorite planting for shady gardens.  Flowers are typically pink or white and grow in the shape of a heart, about one inch in diameter.

Fun Fact: Bleeding hearts are related to Dutchmen’s Breeches.

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