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Sanguinaria canadensis

Native Plants

Bloodroot

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Summary

Bloodroot is among the earliest spring wildflowers, bearing stark, many-petaled white flowers with yellow centers on 6″ stalks as its bluish-green leaves emerge long before most other wildflowers begin to grow. This early blooming, rhizomatous perennial develops large masses, thriving in the thin leaf litter layer of deciduous woodlands. The orange-red sap exuded from cut stems or rhizomes of bloodroot serves as the inspiration for its common name. To extend its season of interest, combine bloodroot with Trillium flexipes, Hydrophyllum virginianum, Tiarella cordifolia, Polystichum acrostichoides, Thalictrum thalictroides, Enemion biternatum, and Actaea racemosa.


More Details

  • Plant Type
    perennial 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun, partial-shade 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    average, moist 
  • Flowering Period
    early-spring
  • Soil PH
    acidic, adaptable 
  • Flower Color
    white 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    blue-green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    dormant 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    green