The herbaceous plant, bleeding heart, has long been a favorite in perennial gardens. It’s easy to see how these plants, with their heart-shaped pink or white blooms, have captured the love of so many gardeners.
The botanical name for the bleeding heart is Dicentra spectabilis. The species name, “spectabilis,” means showy or spectacular and “dicentra” means two. The name bleeding heart is derived from the blossom’s resemblance to a puffy pink heart with two drops at its tip.