Wild Bleeding Heart - Dicentra eximia (Poppy family - Papaveraceae)

 

Wild Bleeding Heart - Dicentra eximia (Poppy family - Papaveraceae) This native perennial resembles the more showy Asian species of Bleeding Heart (D. spectabilis), which is often cultivated in eastern gardens.

 

 

 

 


The common name derives from a fancied resemblance of the two outer spurred petals to a heart and the united tips of the two inner petals to a drop of blood. Deep pink to red-purple. Leaves are intricately cut. 10 - 16 in. Rocky woods, ledges. The roots contain an alkaloid, coyrdalin, which has been used as a tonic.

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