All season blooming dicentra?

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copperbeech
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All season blooming dicentra?

I understand that there are some "bleeding hearts" (eg the Dicentra "Eximia") that have an extra long flowering period (unlike "Spectabilis"). I am interested in the specific "eximia" known as Red Fountain. I am wondering if anyone has had experience with this red flowered variety.

Allison
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The white-flowered form of D. eximia blooms on and off all summer. Unfortunately, my plants seem to keep petering out. What am I doing wrong? They grow from seeds easily enough, but I thought they were supposed to be perennials. I've not had any last longer than two summers.

Gardening on a wooded rocky ridge in the Ottawa Valley, Canada. Cold winters (-30C) and hot, humid summers. Nuts about native plants, ferns, pottery, my family, and Border Collies.

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

I haven't had over-wintering success with any form of Dicentra eximia that I can recall but I find that Dicentra formosa has a very long bloom period and is completely hardy (I got my division from my mom in zone 2)... that's assuming I'm distinguishing them correctly.  This one, with the heart-shaped rather than elongated flower, is Dicentra formosa, isn't it?

Unfortunately, none of my photos show the flower dead-on... I'll have to look more carefully at the flowers this year.

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

copperbeech
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Joined: 2013-03-15

I picked up a few of the red flowered "Red Fountain" this past weekend. I will give these a go this spring. Hopefully they are mostly ever-blooming this season.

RickR
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Joined: 2009-09-21

Excellent purchase, Copperbeech.

Those are the reddest I've ever seen!

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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