Dicentra eximia 'Snowdrift'
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
| ||Common Name: Bleeding Heart-Fringed|
Pure white, heart-shaped blooms dangle just above mounds of ferny, gray-green foliage. This selection is everblooming, flowering most freely in spring and continuing throughout the summer and into fall.
Native to Eastern North America, D. eximia is the most heat tolerant member of the Dicentra family, which makes it an excellent choice for southern gardens. Unlike the Common Bleeding Heart, D. eximia will not go dormant in midsummer as long as the soil is kept moist. Rather, it will enchant passersby all season long.
Origin: Native Cultivar
Sun or Shade?:
Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
Average water needs
Consistent water needs
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How's your soil?:
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
Though this species is heat tolerant, Dicentra is most at home in woodland settings. It likes rich, loose soil that is evenly moist but also well-drained. At planting time, add lots of compost, humus, or peat moss to the soil to enhance its water retention capabilities. Plants will not grow well in heavy clay soils.
Dicentra should be planted in locations that are protected from high winds and early frosts, such as the edges of woodlands or on the north or east sides of buildings. This species self-seeds readily, and the resulting seedlings are easy to transplant.