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Dicentra eximia

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, rich, loam, gravel/rock

Height: 1'-2'

Bloom Time: March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October

Bloom Color: purple, pink, lilac

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7

Additional Tags: clumping, colonizing, ornamental foliage, rock garden plant, shade garden plant, woodland plant

Flower of Dicentra eximia (turkey corn)
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Dicentra eximia

Also known as:

turkey corn


fringed bleedinghearts


wild bleedingheart

Scientific Synonyms:

Bicuculla eximia


Resembling its garden variety cousin introduced from Asia, this species of bleeding heart has very finely divided, fern-like leaves. Dicentra eximia will only grow to about 2' in height. The heart-shaped flowers can range in color from delicate pink to purple.


Best grown in filtered light and rich, moist well drained soil, Dicentra eximia will tolerate more sun in cooler areas. Roots should not be allowed to dry out in summer, nor stay wet in winter. It self seeds and naturalizes readily. It is considered evergreen in the warmer parts of its native range. This species of bleeding heart enjoys a prolonged blooming period. Under optimum growing conditions, it can bloom from March until October, though it might go semi-dormant during the hotter months. Zones 4-7


Easily propagated from fresh seeds. Collected seeds should be kept moist and will require cold stratification before sowing. Easily propagated by rhizome division in spring or fall.

Additional Notes

Dicentra eximia has one of the longest lasting bloom period of any species in the genus.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: NJ, PA
  • Threatened: MD


Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Magnoliidae
Order Papaverales
Family Fumariaceae Fumitory family
Genus Dicentra bleeding heart
Species Dicentra eximia turkey corn