Cutting back a bleeding heart

(Question)

Is it ok to cut it down after flowering or should I wait for it to die back? Just wondering if it’s like a bulb, where the foliage should be left to nourish the roots.
Thx!

(Answer)

The old-fashioned or common bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis) usually does die back after blooming. The foliage is more persistent and stays green longer with consistent moisture and cool conditions such as we have been having this year. When the foliage looks shabby it is time to cut it back and tidy up the plant. Perhaps plan to plant something in front of your bleeding heart to fill in the space for the rest of the season.