- any of several dicentras, esp. a common garden perennial (Dicentra spectabilis) with racemes of drooping, deep-pink, heart-shaped flowers
- a person regarded as too sentimental or too liberal in dealing with social problems
Origin of bleeding heartdescriptive
- Any of various perennial herbs of the genera Dicentra and Lamprocapnos, especially L. spectabilis, widely cultivated for its arching clusters of pink to red or white heart-shaped flowers.
- A person who is considered excessively sympathetic toward those who claim to be underprivileged or exploited.
(plural bleeding hearts)
- Any of various perennial plants, of the family Papaveraceae, subfamily Fumarioideae, often having pink heart-shaped flowers, including:
- Lamprocapnos spectabilis (formerly Dicentra spectabilis), a popular garden plant with arching sprays of pendent red and white (pure white) flowers.
- Dicentra, a genus native to eastern Asia and North America.
- Ehrendorferia, a genus native to California.
- Dactylicapnos, a genus native to Himalayas and mountainous areas of South China, Burma and Vietnam.
- Flowering shrubs, lianas, or small trees of the mint family Lamiaceae, in the genus Clerodendrum.
- The bleeding heart tree, Omalanthus populifolius, an Australian rainforest plant.
- A person considered to be over-sympathetic to the supposed plight of the underprivileged, exploited, helpless, or to casualties of circumstance.