Garden Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis)
Papaveraceae (Fumariaceae) ~ Poppy Family (Fumatory Family)
Although this plant is sometimes called "Common"
Bleeding Heart, I prefer to call it the Garden Bleeding Heart,
as the bright pink flowers seem far from common to my mind.
A native to Japan, this species has been in cultivation in North
America for many years. Cultivars of this plant can be found
with either bright pink or white flowers; the flowers are larger
than any of the wild species, but have that same wonderful heart
shape, with two sepals, and four petals. Two of the petals are
large and pouched, forming the halves of the heart. The other
two are almost linear in shape, and embrace the stamens and
pistil. Like the native bleeding hearts, plants are perennials
that show foliage and flowers in the spring, but die back over