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White Gold Bleeding Heart

Dicentra spectabilis 'White Gold'

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White Gold Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis 'White Gold') at Snavely's Garden Corner

White Gold Bleeding Heart flowers

White Gold Bleeding Heart flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  24 inches

Spacing:  30 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart

Description:

A vigorous variety with delicate and pedulous clusters of pure white flowers in late spring, over ferny golden foliage that is delicate and finely cut; an outstanding garden accent

Ornamental Features

White Gold Bleeding Heart features delicate nodding white heart-shaped flowers dangling from the stems from late spring to early summer. Its attractive ferny compound leaves emerge chartreuse in spring, turning gold in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

White Gold Bleeding Heart is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

White Gold Bleeding Heart is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

White Gold Bleeding Heart will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years. As this plant tends to go dormant in summer, it is best interplanted with late-season bloomers to hide the dying foliage.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

White Gold Bleeding Heart is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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