Friday, February 13, 2015

Bleeding Hearts ... A Different Flower For Valentine's Day

Nothing may be more traditional than a rose on Valentine's Day, but there is another flower that is equally, if not more, deserving of such recognition.  Nature's own Valentine.

The Old-fashioned Bleeding Heart.

Scientifically classified as Dicentra Spectabilis, in the spring this perennial plant bears heart-shaped flowers in pink, white, cherry, or red with white inner petals. It generally grows 24-36 inches tall and 36 inches wide and has long been a lovely staple in a full to partially shaded garden.

Did you know that's it's also known as 'Dutchman's breeches', 'Valentine flowers', and my personal favorite, 'Naked lady-in-the-bath'?

 You see, if you turn an individual flower upside-down and gently pull the sides apart you'll expose a lady sitting in her bath!  If given the opportunity, I know you are going to try it!

Bleeding Hearts are very easy to care for. Give them a bit of acid based fertilizer in the early spring when leaf growth begins, and just keep them well watered throughout the summer. It's wise to divide them every 2-3 years either in early spring or fall since they can get rather large.

"Flowers are loves truest language"
- Park Benjamin

Happy Valentine's Day

1 comment:

  1. I love Old Fashioned Bleeding Hearts! And you're right, come this spring when mine bloom, I will probably look for the "Naked Lady in the Bath!"