Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
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Pacific bleeding heart

Dicentra formosa

About This Species

Zone 5a BC Native

Grow me instead of Himalayan balsam (Policeman’s helmet)

Pacific bleeding heart is a native perennial with delicate, heart shaped pink flowers appearing in early spring. The foliage is lobed and soft blue green in colour. Bees love this plant. Pacific bleeding heart is perfect for a shade garden as it does not require much sun to thrive.

When selecting non-invasive plants for your garden, be sure to look for those that are suitable for your location, including moisture requirements, hardiness zone, and avoidance of known bear attractants among other factors.

Plant Special Features

  • Fire smart
  • Bear smart
  • Pollinator friendly

Moisture Requirements


Moist but well-drained conditions