The Complete Guide for Gold Heart Bleeding Heart (Dicentra Spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’) Care


The Gold Heart Bleeding Heart, otherwise known as the Dicentra Spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ or Common Foxglove ‘Camelot Lavender’, Foxglove ‘Camelot Lavender’, Lady’s Glove ‘Camelot Lavender’, Camelot Series, is a rather well known perennial plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.

Best known for its low maintenance and fast growth, this perennial will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its chartreuse colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.

This is why all the topics you need to know in order to achieve this will be covered in this Gold Heart Bleeding Heart Care Guide. Ready? Let’s go!

The basic care guidelines you need to remember for your Gold Heart Bleeding Heart are the following:

  • Water: The Gold Heart Bleeding Heart wants regular watering to enhance fruit production but as a landscape plant, too much water will be a problem.
  • Light: Keep your Dicentra Spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ in an environment where it can receive full to partial shade on a daily basis. 
  • Soil: Make sure to keep the Gold Heart Bleeding Heart in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.

And that’s practically it! If you keep these three factors in check, your Gold Heart Bleeding Heart will likely have all it needs for it to survive and even thrive.

Dicentra spectabilis 'Gold Heart' care

Scientific / Botanical Aspects

In botanical terms, the Gold Heart Bleeding Heart belongs to the Plantaginaceae family, the genus Digitalis and the species Purpurea, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Dicentra Spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ (dye-SEN-tra speck-TAB-ih-liss).

As with other Digitalis’s, the Gold Heart Bleeding Heart is a herbaceous plant, which means it will die back to the ground every year. 

Growing Region

The Gold Heart Bleeding Heart is a plant native to the Europe.

Knowing your plant’s native region is very useful, as it can give you tips on which environment is best for your Gold Heart Bleeding Heart. If you keep it in mind, you can try to replicate these conditions at home, and you’ll likely end with a healthier plant.

With this in mind, the Dicentra Spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ will be most used to the heat zones in the 1 – 9 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a and the ideal climate zone is between 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3.

Growth and Size

Growth

In terms of size and growth, the Gold Heart Bleeding Heart is a relatively fast grower, which makes things tricky for any plant enthusiast.

Size

But, what size of Gold Heart Bleeding Heart are we talking about? What can you expect in terms of height, spread and spacing? Let’s dig in…

The Dicentra Spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ can grow up to 3′ – 4′ (90cm – 120cm) in 3′ – 4′ (90cm – 120cm) and 1′ – 2′ (30cm – 60cm) in 1′ – 2′ (30cm – 60cm). 

These dimensions make the Gold Heart Bleeding Heart a relatively medium perennial compared to others, so it’s best to keep this fact in mind since it will affect where you want to keep yours at home.

This is why experts recommend keeping an area of approximately 24″ (60cm) free so the Gold Heart Bleeding Heart can spread to its best extent.

Water

In terms of watering, the Gold Heart Bleeding Heart is a fairly complicated plant to take care of.

This is mostly because it has a not so straightforward watering schedule and somewhat regular watering needs.

Specifically, most experts agree that the Dicentra Spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ wants regular watering to enhance fruit production but as a landscape plant, too much water will be a problem.

Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively average needs in terms of water. 

Dicentra spectabilis 'Gold Heart' buds

Watering

As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Gold Heart Bleeding Heart in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive. 

When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage, and moist properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times. 

In our experience, the famous ‘thumb’ or ‘finger’ test is what works best for the Gold Heart Bleeding Heart since with it, you will be able to give it the right amount of water, every time – regardless of the environment or placement where you do decide to keep it.

Soil Mix

As mentioned earlier, the Gold Heart Bleeding Heart prefers to have soil with good drainage, and moist properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.

This is why most experts agree that the Gold Heart Bleeding Heart requires soil with high organic matter, which will give you the right conditions it needs.

In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably alkaline, acid or neutral soil.

Light and Exposure

In terms of light & exposure, the Gold Heart Bleeding Heart requires full to partial shade in order for it to thrive under the right conditions. 

Most experts agree that this perennial will do well as long as you keep it in partial to full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.

Specifically, we recommend that you place your Dicentra Spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ in little to partial shade (only 2-6 hours of direct sunlight a day), to full and direct sun (more 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).

Season

Being a herbaceous plant, the Gold Heart Bleeding Heart will die back to the ground every year. 

But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the summer (early, mid).

Flowers

You can expect your Gold Heart Bleeding Heart to flower around the spring and in the summer months from April to June (spring), and from July to September (summer).

In particular, this perennial is well known for its flowers for cutting and showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.

The Gold Heart Bleeding Heart produces some beautiful red, or purple/lavender, cream/tanpink, and white flowers around this time of year.

Foliage

The leaves from the Gold Heart Bleeding Heart have a beautiful chartreuse color during most of the year.

In particular, they have a simple arrangement with a alternate and rosulate organization in its leaves.

You can expect the leaves from your Dicentra Spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ to be around (> 6 inches) in size.

Dicentra spectabilis 'Gold Heart' up close

Attracts, Tolerance and Resistance

The Gold Heart Bleeding Heart is well known for being able to attract butterflies, birds and hummingbirds, so keep that in mind when choosing your plant, as you’ll likely end up finding one or another in your garden.

Additionally, it has a special tolerance for animals like rabbit and deer, so don’t worry if any of these come along, your Dicentra Spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ will be fine.

Garden

How should you then organize your garden to include your new Gold Heart Bleeding Heart? Here are some recommendations by expert gardeners.

Most Dicentra Spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ owners agree that this perennial will look great in most cottage and rustic gardens of all types. 

Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of informal and cottage, city and courtyard, coastal garden, and in prairie and meadow styles. 

In particular, the Gold Heart Bleeding Heart’s best location within your garden is in beds and borders, and in wall-side borders, others use it for landscaping in a firescaping/fire wise, border, specimen, cutting garden, mass planting, or a woodland garden.

Companion Plants

Gold Heart Bleeding Heart’s do well with some other plants beside it. One good companion plant is the Heuchera, which will pair up nicely with your leafy friend.

Others consider that a nice Adiantum will work well too, so choose whichever you find works best for you!

Conclusion

Even though we covered a lot of care information for your Gold Heart Bleeding Heart, remember the basics: sunlight, soil and water, as these should be enough to grow a healthy plant at home.

Sebastian Moncada

I’m also a plant enthusiast and researcher. I’ve been privileged to have lived my whole life around the wilderness of Colombia and I’m happy to share everything I learn along the way. “Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience” – Emerson.

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