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Dicentra formosa ‘Aurora’

Western bleeding heart

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassMagnoliidaeIncludes magnolias, nutmeg, bay laurel, cinnamon, avocado, black pepper, and many others
OrderPapaveralesA group that includes buttercups and other poisonous plants
FamilyFumariaceaeFumitory, fumewort, or bleeding-heart family
GenusDicentraFrom the Greek dis, “twice,” and centron, “spur,” meaning “twice-spurred,” in reference to the flower shape
SpeciesformosaFinely formed, handsome, beautiful

About plant names...

Western bleeding heart is native to western North America. This is a cultivar.

Identification: The flower shape is unique. Flowers are pink or white, tinged with yellow at the bottom. See Dicentra for a comparison table.

Edibility: Poisonous. Skull & Crossbones May also cause a rash in some people.

Online References:

in Paghat's Garden

Dave’s Garden



Dicentra formosa ‘Aurora’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Dicentra formosa (western bleeding heart)

This is a cross of Dicentra formosa × Dicentra eximia. · 6/26/2005 · Falmouth, Maine