Page author: David Giblin
Dicentra formosa
Pacific bleedingheart
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Chiefly west of the Cascades in Washington, occasional on the east slope of the Cascades at mid-elevations; British Columbia south to California.

Habitat: Moist woods, from the coast to mid-elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: March-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Somewhat glaucous, scapose perennial from slender, brittle rhizomes, the scapes 1.5-4.5 dm. tall.

Leaves:

Leaves basal, numerous, long-petioled, nearly equaling the scapes, the blades ternately 3-4 times compound into ultimately linear to oblong segments.

Flowers:

Inflorescence of 5- to 15-flowered panicles on the scapes; sepals 2, ovate-lanceolate, 3-5 mm. long; corolla purplish-pink, 4-lobed, cordate-based, the outer lobes each with a saccate spur 2-4 mm. long, the tips 3-4 mm. long, the inner lobes 10-15 mm. long with a winged crest; stamens 6, in two groups of 3; style 1, slender; stigmas 2-lobed.

Fruits:

Capsule 2-3.5 cm. long and 3-4 mm. thick.

Accepted Name:
Dicentra formosa (Haw.) Walp.
Publication: Repert. Bot. Syst. 1: 118. 1842.

Synonyms:
Dicentra saccata (Nutt. ex Torr. & A. Gray) Walp.
Fumaria formosa Haw.
Infraspecies:
ssp. formosa – Pacific bleedingheart
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Dicentra formosa in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Dicentra formosa checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Dicentra formosa atlas page.

CalPhotos: Dicentra formosa photos.

USDA Plants: Dicentra formosa information.

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