Heliopsis helianthoides var scabra ‘Bleeding Hearts’ BLEEDING HEARTS SUNFLOWER
Heliopsis helianthoides var scabra ‘Bleeding Hearts’ has taken the gardening world by storm since the first seed was released in 2018.
Glowing buff-orange blooms against moody deep-chocolate foliage
And no wonder because the colouring of ‘Bleeding hearts’ is dramatic.
Velvety deep buff-orange daisies glow against a column of deep chocolate-burgundy foliage.
Tall upright & super showy
Heliopsis helianthoides var scabra ‘Bleeding Hearts’ stands tall and impressive. With a dense covering of that wonderful moody, rich dark foliage and an upright, column-like habit.
Then when it begins to bloom in mid summer with the glowing sunflower blooms atop – it plain stops you in your tracks.
Buds are deep brooding red, then the flowers open deep scarlet, and mature through burnt orange to buff shades. Stems of the plant are striking black.
And because ‘Bleeding Hearts’ produces a continuous succession of blooms from mid-summer through to autumn’s end and the first frosts – it has all the shades on at once against the setting of mahogany foliage.
It is an arresting sight.
Basks in the sun
‘Bleeding Hearts’ basks in the sun and enjoys a Full Sun exposure, though it can tolerate a little shade for part of the day.
Naturally adapted to clay soils
Heliopsis helianthoides var scabra grows naturally in heavy clay, rocky places and spots where the soil has low fertility.
In other words – do not overfeed it. And it does appreciate lime unless you already garden on limestone soil.
Water-wise & heat resistant
‘Bleeding Hearts’ is a water-wise plant once established, and sops up heat.
Quick & easy from seed & quick to flower
Heliopsis helianthoides var scabra ‘Bleeding Hearts’ is very satisfying top grow from seed to flower. Because the whole process is quick and easy – so you can see flowers in the first year if you start your seeds early in the spring.
Heliopsis helianthoides var scabra ‘Bleeding Hearts’ is a frost hardy perennial. It will be cut back by the first frost so you just cut back to the socks and it then re-sprouts and puts on fast growth in the spring, to flower as a column again next summer.
Easy to grow perennial clump which returns reliably each year with no fuss.
Column of colour
1.2m. High in full summer flower x 45cm. Wide column of wonderful dark foliage and black stems.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: Quick & Easy
Heliopsis helianthoides var scabra ‘Bleeding Hearts’ is best sown in a punnets indoors during winter or spring.
Though it can be successfully sown at any time of the year if you have suitable conditions.
INDOORS: First sow the seeds in a punnet on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then press the seeds gently to the surface to ensure good contact.
Now barely cover with grit/mix/sand/vermiculite as these seeds need light to germinate.
Then thoroughly moisten the punnet by standing it in a shallow water bath and allowing the moisture to percolate to the surface of the mix from below.
And place the punnet in a warm, well-lit position (not in direct sunlight).
Temperatures of around 20C are recommended for rapid and optimum germination.
You can use a heat mat if you have one, but it is not essential if the position is warm.
Seedlings emerge in approx. 7-21 days.
SEED COUNT: 5 seeds per pack approx. (Seeds for this delightful and unusual new plant are still scarce ).
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