Western Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa)
Papaveraceae (Fumariaceae) ~ Poppy Family (Fumatory Family)
Bleeding Hearts are one of the most delightful
plants to find in the field, with their fernlike leaves and
showy clusters of pink, heart-shaped flowers. Sometimes they
cover whole hillsides in moist, wooded forests. In the Siskiyous
of southwestern Oregon one can find the less common form with
cream-colored flowers, once refered to as Dicentra oregana.
These plants also have foliage with a bluish bloom. Bleeding
Hearts are easy to grow in areas with mild winters, and are
represented by several cultivars. The plants are perennial,
but the foliage dies back in the winter.