Are “bleeding hearts” a hardy plant for southern Illinois?

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I love this plant. Want to get some next spring, if recommend.

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  • Barbara Baldwin Barbara Baldwin on Nov 17, 2017
    Yes. Mine thrived in extreme weather here in the northwest.

  • Jenny Jenny on Nov 18, 2017
    I live in Grand Rapids MI- my bleeding heart must be twenty years old and blooms beautifully every spring. It completely dies back so don't think it is dead, it will come up again next year.

  • Cynthia Whitney Cynthia Whitney on Nov 18, 2017
    Of course it will! I have both pink and white ones and they are 15 or 20 years old and just get bigger and bigger each year. You can grow almost anything in southern Illinois--especially weeds, unfortunately. Bleeding heart is a shade plant but I have some that get quite a bit of sun and they do OK. The one on the north side of the house is the biggest but there is one on the west beneath a Japanese maple that is pretty big, too. And mine don't die back through the summer although they quit blooming and could probably be cut back. I don't bother, though, and they usually start dying back about September. Nice thing is, they don't need any care!

  • Elaine Elaine on Nov 18, 2017
    Yes, Bleeding Hearts are a beautiful and tough Perennial that will pop up every Spring. As the weather gets warmer, the blooms will drop and most of the leaves will turn yellow; at which time, just cut the fading blooms and leaves back and it will rest until next Spring. When most of the plant has died down, I just cut it all back to a few inches from soil level. Plant it in a shady location.

  • 29621073 29621073 on Nov 18, 2017
    I live in eastern Ohio and have had the same bleeding heart plant for 15 years. I do nothing to it and it blooms beautifully year after year.

  • Elaine Elaine on Nov 18, 2017
    You’re quite welcome! Bleeding Hearts are a favorite of mine, plus Lily of the Valley and Sweet Woodruff ... all pretty Spring flowers and all Perennials.