King of Hearts Bleeding Heart

One of the all-time favorites for shade, Bleeding Hearts rise early in spring and bloom in sprays of the famous heart-shaped flowers. Due to the plants ease of cultivation and popularity, various new forms of Bleeding Heart have been developed. King of Hearts is one of the most popular hybrids, with a dwarf habit and hot pink blooms.

Its species name, formosa notwithstanding, this beautiful little plant is a North American native flower. Its also called Pacific Bleeding Heart, and is native from British Columbia down into central California. Aurora is the famous white cultivar with pristine bell-shaped blooms held neatly above the frilly foliage. Luxuriant is the pink version of the same plant. And this one, King of Hearts is the dwarf.

Great color in the shade, The Bleeding Hearts. The genus Dicentra, commonly called Bleeding Heart, gives us some of the most treasured plants in America, providing dependable color in moist shade as companions with hostas and ferns. There are basically two major types:

1. Most popular and world-famous, is D. spectabilis, a species native to Japan. It is the larger of the two (to about 3 feet,) and has the famous little heart-shaped flowers arrayed along arching stems, a lot like a string of pearls. The large bleeding hearts bloom only in spring, and in some areas, disappear altogether by midsummer, much like trilliums and daffodils.
2. The second type, the Fernleaf Bleeding Hearts, are hybrids of North American native wildflowers. They are smaller with finely cut blue-green foliage and similar flowers. However, with the fernleafs, the flowers are more bunched at the top of the stems, more like a dangling bouquet. And best of all, these plants bloom in spring to early summer, slowing down or stopping when it begins to get hot, and may rebloom when weather turns cooler in late summer to early fall. In northern climates where temperatures are cooler blooming may occur throughout the summer.

Our native dicentras are all wonderful wildflowers of woodland shade, from the eastern Dutchmans Breeches and Fringed Bleeding Heart to the Northwests Pacific Bleeding Heart.

These magnificent plants have long been a herald of spring in Zones 2 to 9, a huge area of the US. They are quite easy to grow, as long as woodland conditions are provided. That means some shade, plenty of moisture with good drainage, and rich soil. Once your clumps have become large, you can easily divide the rhizomes after flowering.

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Item Package Size

Bag of 1

Common Name

Fernleaf Bleeding Heart King of Hearts

Botanical Name

Dicentra King of Hearts


2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Light Requirements

Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade

Flower Color


Flower Size

1″ flowers

Mature Height

8-10″ tall

Estimated Mature Spread

12-14″ wide

Growth Rate


Bloom Time

Late spring to early summer

Planting Depth

Plant so that the top of the root is 1″ below the soil line.

Ships As

Potted Plant


Blue-green foliage. Foliage goes dormant mid-summer.

Soil Type

Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil

Soil Moisture

Average, Moist / Wet, Well Draining


Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Plants For Small Spaces, Great For Mass Plantings

Ideal Region

Northeast, Pacific Northwest

Planting Time

Spring / Summer, Fall

Poisonous or Toxic to Animals

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested.

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Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada


Dicentra x ‘King of Hearts’


Common Name: Bleeding Heart

Dicentra (Bleeding Hearts) have always been a treasured perennial among gardeners for their famous heart-shaped, spring-time flowers. Now with so many varieties that seem to bloom all summer, we think this old-time favorite has something new to talk about . Our Heart Series has flowers that are showy, foliage that is frilly and they bloom non-stop! What more could you ask for in a perennial? Remeber, this genus is a great option for all the gardeners who want colorful flowers in the shade.

Plant: Plant so the crown is centered in the pot and the eyes are 1″ below the soil surface.

Root Prunning: For ‘spectabilis’ types with large fleshy roots, prune roots so plants easily fit in containers. Do not leave crowns or eyes exposed above the soil level. For ‘fern-leaf’ types with more fibrous roots, gently spread out roots at the time of planting. Plant deep enough so crowns are not exposed.

Grow: Best to grow cool at 50 – 55F min. night temperatures to allow proper root growth prior to shoot development. Growing too warm will cause shoots to grow too fast, resulting in spindly growth and poor pot presentation. Grow in full sun for early spring crops. For late spring and early summer production, and as light intensities and temperatures rise, a 30% shade may be required.

Water: Keep evenly moist. To prevent diseases, water early in the day and keep foliage dry.

Dicentra, Fern Leaf Bleeding Heart ‘King of Hearts’

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade



Foliage Color:



6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown – Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown – Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Leandro, California

Cordele, Georgia

Greenup, Illinois

Hanna City, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Wichita, Kansas

Hebron, Kentucky

Saco, Maine

Adamstown, Maryland

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Buffalo, New York

Suffern, New York

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Oil City, Pennsylvania

Fort Worth, Texas

Lexington, Virginia

Florence, Wisconsin

South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Things&Ink and theFeminist Library present:

Sunday 31st May 2015
At: King of Hearts Tattoo Studio
137 New Cross Road, London SE14 5DJ

Things&Ink magazine and the Feminist Library are delighted to announce Feminist Flash Day, a day celebrating feminism, females and tattoos. The day is being held to raise funds for the Feminist Library, with the aim to buy a new building to house their growing collection.

The day will bring together tattooists and enthusiasts alike to discuss the bonds between the female body, feminism and the empowerment and ownership that tattoos can afford women. The day will start with the opportunity to get a tattoo of feminist flash from one of three talented tattoo artists: Dexter Kay, Julia Seizure and Lou Hopper. This will be on a strictly first come first served basis, and all designs will be priced between £60-£100.

Feminist Flash by Julia Seizure

This will be followed by a panel discussion comprised of some of the industry’s most knowledgeable individuals, including renowned tattoo artists Dominique Holmes and Claudia de Sabe, who curated the Time: tattoo art today exhibition at Somerset House, performers Maxi More and Ruby Jones, and feminist cultural critic Doctor Jane Elliott. The discussion will be lead by art historian Dr Matt Lodder and cult tattoo figure Blue from Into You in Farringdon.

Performer Ruby Jones will be part of the panel discussion on tattoos and the female body.Dominique Holmes at work

Originally set up as an alternative to what founding editor Alice Snape felt was largely sexist tattoo media, Things&Ink magazine has worked hard to promote a variety of alternative lifestyle choices, by challenging beauty and body standards, and exploring themes such as sexuality, gender and feminism throughout its back catalogue.

Performer Maxi More will be part of the panel discussion which starts at 4.30pm.

As the Feminist Library has reached its 40th anniversary this year, this is the perfect opportunity to celebrate how far the library, and the feminist movement, has come as well as setting sights on securing its future.

The event will showcase the history, progression and future of women in both the feminist movement and the tattoo lifestyle, and it hopes to highlight topics such as the female body, ownership, notions of beauty, societal reactions and equality within both worlds.

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