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Dicentra eximia (Turkey corn)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Dicentra eximia

Dicentra eximia (Ker Gawl.) Torr.

Turkey Corn, Fringed Bleedinghearts, Wild Bleedingheart

Fumariaceae (Fumitory Family)

Synonym(s): Bicuculla eximia


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Fringed Bleedinghearts is a bushy, perennial with light-green, much-dissected, ferny leaves and clusters of drooping, heart-shaped, magenta-pink flowers along a leafless stem. The plants are quick to send up new leaves and in no time form mounds 1-2 ft. tall and up to 3 ft. across. It colonizes very slowly by rhizomes.

This native perennial is common in the southern mountains. It resembles the showier Asian Bleeding Heart (D. spectabilis), which is often cultivated in eastern gardens.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Normally 9 to 12 inches but can reach 2 feet.
Flower: Flowers 1/2 inch.
Fruit: Green, 1 inch, seeds black.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Color ranges from white to various shades of pink to purple. Can bloom from early spring to frost.


USA: GA , IL , MA , MD , MI , NC , NJ , NY , OH , PA , SC , TN , VA , VT , WV
Native Distribution: PA & WV, s. to NC & TN in mountains
Native Habitat: Rich, wooded slopes

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Cold Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Moist, humus-rich, acid, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Is heat tolerant if planted in rich, moist soil in shade.


Use Ornamental: A long-blooming, evergreen plant for Eastern shade gardens.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Attracts: Birds


Propagation Material: Root Division , Seeds
Description: Propagate by seed sown immediately or in the spring after a cold-moist period. Self-sows readily, so look for transplants around the parent. Can also be increased rapidly by division in fall or early spring.
Seed Collection: Seeds mature throughout the growing season. Periodically check the light green capsules for mature, shiny-black seeds. Do not allow the seeds to dry out. Store in damp sphagnum in sealed, refrigerated containers.
Seed Treatment: Four weeks of cold-moist stratification.
Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Delaware Nature Society - Hockessin, DE
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Dicentra eximia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Dicentra eximia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Dicentra eximia


Record Modified: 2023-04-04
Research By: TWC Staff

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