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Wild bleeding heart Dicentra formosa

Dicentra formosa is a species of flowering plant in the family Fumariaceae, native to moist woodland in the western United States and Canada, from California to British Columbia.

This is an elegant plant growing to 45 cm tall by 60 cm wide, with deeply divided grey-green leaves and racemes of wonderful heart shaped nodding flowers.

The leaves are finely divided and fernlike, growing from the base of the plant. Flowers are pink, red, or white and heart-shaped and bloom in clusters at the top of leafless, fleshy stems from mid-spring to autumn, with peak flowering in spring. The four petals are attached at the base. The two outer petals form a pouch at the base and curve outwards at the tips. The two inner petals are perpendicular to the outer petals and connected at the tip. There are two tiny, pointed sepals behind the petals.

Seeds are borne in plump, pointed pods, and this species self-seeds readily.

Tiny hummingbrids feed from the heart-shaped flowers.

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