bleeding heart

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bleeding heart

noun

Definition of BLEEDING HEART

1
:  a garden plant (Dicentra spectabilis) of the fumitory family with racemes of usually deep pink or white drooping heart-shaped flowers; broadly :  any of several plants (genus Dicentra)
2
:  a person who shows extravagant sympathy especially for an object of alleged persecution

First Known Use of BLEEDING HEART

1691

bleeding heart

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis)—Grant Heilman Photography

Any of several species of Dicentra, a genus of herbaceous flowering plants of the poppy family (Papaveraceae). The old garden favourite is the Japanese D. spectabilis, which has small rosy-red and white heart-shaped flowers dangling from arching stems. The eastern, or wild, bleeding heart (D. eximia) produces sprays of small pink flowers from April to September in the Allegheny Mountains region of the U.S. The Pacific, or western, bleeding heart (D. formosa), ranging from California to British Columbia, has several varieties of garden interest.

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