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Dicentra nevadensis

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About Tulare County Bleeding Heart (Dicentra nevadensis) Dicentra nevadensis is a species of flowering plant in Dicentra, the genus containing the bleeding-hearts. Its common names include Sierra bleeding-heart and Tulare County bleeding-heart. This wildflower is endemic to California, where it is known only from gravelly outcroppings in the Sierra Nevada peaks of Tulare and Fresno Counties. The plant has a short stem, and becomes visible as bunches of long petioles emerging from the ground, each with a leaf highly divided into lobes and pointy leaflets. Alongside the leaves are tall flower clusters, each holding a dangling bunch of dull whitish, pinkish, or yellowish-brown bleeding-heart flowers. Each hanging flower has a pair of curving petals which curl back to reveal the looping inner petals. When dried, the flowers turn black. The fruit is a capsule one or two centimeters long. This species is sometimes treated as a subspecies of the western bleeding-heart, Dicentra formosa.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.7 - 1.5 ft (0.21 - 0.46 m)

Flower Color
Pink, Yellow, White, Brown, Black

Native Status
Natural Setting
Site Type
Gravelly places


Elevation ?
215' - 11081'

Annual Precip. ?
26.8" - 61.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.62" - 2.19"

Coldest Month ?
25.6° F - 48.8° F

Hottest Month ?
45.9° F - 74.9° F

Humidity ?
2.44 vpd - 22.91 vpd


Sunset Zones ?

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Tulare County Bleeding-heart, Sierra Bleeding Heart, Sierra Bleeding-heart

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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