Dicentra formosa (Haw.) Walp. subsp. formosa
Pacific bleeding heart

Introduction to Vascular Plants


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Distribution of Dicentra formosa subsp. formosa
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Species Information

Perennial herb from a slender, brittle rhizome; stems erect, glabrous, juicy, flowering stems leafless, 15-45 cm tall.
Basal leaves 3-4 times divided, the ultimate segments linear to oblong, abruptly pointed.
Inflorescence of 5-15 flowers in a drooping panicle; corollas pinkish-purple, heart-shaped at the base; outer petals with a pouched spur 2-4 mm long, tips 3-4 mm long and spreading; inner petals 10-15 mm long.
Pod-like capsules, 2-3.5 cm long, 3-4 mm wide; seeds 2 mm long with a white oil-rich appendage, black, shiny.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat and Range

Moist woodlands, forests and streambanks in the lowland and montane zones; common in SW BC, infrequent eastward in S BC; S to CA.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia