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.

Carolyn Black is a Penn State Master Gardener from Adams County. Penn State Cooperative Extension of Adams County is located at 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Suite 204, Gettysburg, phone 717-334-6271.

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