There are many wonders to enjoy as I walk the trail behind my house. But one of my favorites has to be Pacific Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa) which lines the path in spring and into summer. The foliage creates a soft feathery border about a foot off the ground. The blossoms are heart-shaped and grow on long arched stems which rise above the leaf bed.
The plant’s range extends from southern British Columbia down into the west coast states, and reaches east into Idaho and western Montana. It is also said to grow in Massachusetts, but I do not know why it grows there, but not anywhere else east of Montana.
The flowers of this species are not as large or showy as many of the nursery varieties of bleeding hearts, but when you come across a patch of them in the woods, they are quite a sight to behold.