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Sanguinaria canadensis

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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.

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    filtered-shade, full-sun, partial-shade 
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    average, moist 
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    acidic, adaptable 
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