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Dicentra Fire Island

Fern-Leaf Bleeding Heart

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A sun-loving, alpine type of Bleeding Heart. Not a woodland plant, this Bleeding Heart is from high elevations in cooler climates. With earlier and vigorous flower production, magenta-red, heart-shaped flowers cluster atop slender stems above frosty-blue foliage. Its mounding, bushy habit of intricately cut foliage resembles Artemisia. This variety does not produce seed which promotes longer blooming into the summer. Dicentra Fire Island is a cross of the Japanese native, D. peregrina and the North American native, D. eximia. From plant breeder, Aikra Shiozaki.

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Patent PP22,488

Plant Type Perennials

Species peregrina x eximia

Height Short 12-15"

Spacing Plant 18-24" apart

Bloom Time Late Spring to Mid-Summer

Sun / Shade Full Sun to Half Sun / Half Shade

Zones 3-9

Soil Type Normal, Sandy, Acidic

Water Needs Medium

Sold In Plantable Pots (3.5x3.5x4")

Special Features

  • Good for Cut Flowers
  • Deer Resistant
  • Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Long-Blooming

Planting Sites

  • Edgers

Dicentra General Information

Dicentra are classics in the perennial border. A pleasing groundcover, D. eximia can tolerate more sun than traditional Bleeding Hearts, but consistent moisture will ensure a long bloom period. D. Fire Island does not produce seed allowing it to bloom longer into the summer. Spring shipping only. Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho at this time.

Dicentra Plant Care

Dicentra 'Fire Island' is different from the other bleeding hearts as it is not a woodland plant. Its native habitat is from high elevations in cool climates and it can grow in full sun, much like an alpine. It does not not grow well in heavy clay soils and does not need deep, moist soils like most Dicentras. Give this one more sun than you would typically give a Dicentra and you will be rewarded with stronger growth and more flowers.

Plantable Pots

Our plants are grown in 3.5x3.5x4” plantable pots. Made from 100% biodegradable coconut husk fibers (coir), these pots have tremendous advantages over plastic pots. With better air exchange, this "breathable" pot fosters robust root growth and reduces transplant shock since you can plant the pots directly in the ground. The pot naturally becomes part of the soil on its own over time—no composting required—and since they're made from a renewable resource that requires very little energy, they're earth-friendly too!

100% Guarantee

We offer a 100% unconditional guarantee for all our perennials to reach you in good condition and to grow. If you're not satisfied, we'll reship or refund immediately. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns—we share your passion for gardening and want your new plants to thrive in your border!

Shipping Details

We use custom, earth-friendly packaging to make sure your order arrives in great condition, and we ship based on the best planting time for your growing zone (see the approximate dates below), unless otherwise indicated at checkout. If you wish, you can indicate a specific ship date during checkout.


  • Zone 3, 4: Early to Mid May
  • Zone 5: Late April to Early May
  • Zone 6: Mid to Late April
  • Zone 7: Early to Mid April
  • Zone 8: Late March to Early April
  • Zone 9, 10: Late March


  • Zone 2, 3, 4: Early September
  • Zone 5: Early to Mid September
  • Zone 6: Mid September
  • Zone 7: Mid to Late September
  • Zone 8, 9, 10: Late September to Early October