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Bleeding heart are a very easy and beautiful hardy perennials for the mainly-shaded garden, and do well even in dry areas under trees, and around homes. Plants grow up lush foliage in early spring, quickly forming large clumps bearing many, many gorgeous heart-shaped flowers along long stems! Flowers last for a long time, as they continue to develop along the stems, easily visible and adding welcomed color to the spring and early-summer gardens. We grow various Bleeding Heart plants around our property, and they seem to be quite versatile regarding location. Most of our soil is sandy and dry, and they even grow under the acid-producing evergreen trees! Obviously they are also quite happy in rich, moist soil also. Great plants for spring color!

Type: Hardy perennial

Height: 24-36"

Location: Part shade or full shade

Hardiness zones: 3-9, sometimes zone 2

Seeds per pack: 5

Germination: Start these seeds right away to preserve viability, no matter the time of year. These seeds require a period of cold. Sow the seeds just under the surface of a sterile seed-start mix, and water in. Leave them at room temperature for 2 weeks. They will not grow yet. Then cover them with plastic and place in a fridge for 5-6 weeks. Be sure they stay moist. After the cold stratification period they are then brought back to room temperature for them to germinate. If possible, the best location for sowing in March, April and May, is in cold frame or a cold greenhouse where they will receive the cold period and fluctuating temperatures naturally.

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