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Sanguinaria canadensis

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Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is among the earliest blooming spring wildflowers. Its many-petaled white flowers with yellow centers are displayed on 6″ tall stalks wrapped by a single blue-green basal leaf that will unfurl as the flower opens. 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 bent trillium (Trillium flexipes), Virginina waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum), foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia), Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides), rue-anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides), false rue-anemone (Enemion biternatum), and black bugbane (Actaea racemosa). Zones 3-8.  

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