The common bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis) typically dies back in mid-summer in Iowa. However, plants may die back in late spring or early summer if growing conditions are not favorable. The common bleeding heart performs best in partial shade and moist, well-drained soils. When the weather is dry, periodically water plants in spring and early summer.
If the growing site is poor, it may be necessary to move the plant to a more favorable site. The common bleeding heart can be transplanted in early spring just as the new growth emerges from the ground.