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Dicentra formosa ssp. formosa

Dicentra formosa (Haw.) Walp. ssp. formosa

Pacific Bleeding Heart, Pacific Bleeding-heart

Fumariaceae (Fumitory family)

Synonym(s): Dicentra formosa var. brevifolia, Dicentra formosa var. brevipes


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: Rose-purple to pink, rarely white.


USA: CA , MA , OR , WA
Canada: BC
Native Habitat: Loam or gravel soils in moist woods and clearings, along banks of streams.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) 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 formosa ssp. formosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Dicentra formosa ssp. formosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Dicentra formosa ssp. formosa


Record Modified: 2020-11-02
Research By: CBR

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