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Sierra bleeding heart
Dicentra nevadensis imported from iNaturalist photo 22525515 on 5 December 2019.jpg
Scientific classification

Dicentra nevadensis, the Sierra bleeding heart or Tulare County bleeding heart, is a perennial plant endemic to gravelly outcroppings in the Sierra Nevada peaks of Tulare and Fresno Counties in California.

It has previously been treated as a subspecies of Dicentra formosa (Pacific bleeding heart). The plant is found at elevations of 2,100–3,300 metres (6,900–10,800 ft).


Dicentra nevadensis leaves are finely divided and sprout from the base of the plant.

Flowers are heart-shaped, dull white, pink, or yellow-brown, hanging in racemes on bare stems above the leaves. When dried, the flowers turn black.

Seeds are borne in a capsule one to two centimeters long.

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