Bloodroot

Sanguinaria canadensis

A member of the Poppy family, Bloodroot is a woodland wildflower with both unusual foliage and flower. In early spring, an elegant white flower rises from the center of a single curled leaf, opening in the sun and closing at night. When the flower finally …

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Cultural Details
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Moisture Medium, Moist, Wet
Sun Exposure Partial, Shade
Height 6" - 1'
Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Apr, May
Spacing 6"
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Root Type Taproot
Benefits Deer Resistant

A member of the Poppy family, Bloodroot is a woodland wildflower with both unusual foliage and flower. In early spring, an elegant white flower rises from the center of a single curled leaf, opening in the sun and closing at night. When the flower finally fades – after pollination – the unusual leaf opens fully, as large as 6" in diameter.

Bloodroot is an ephemeral species and the leaves typically go dormant by midsummer, but sometimes persist through the season. Found growing in medium to moist woodlands, in ravines, and along bluffs, Sanguinaria canadensis is native to eastern North America as far North as Nova Scotia. The roots produce a red juice that was used by indigenous cultures as a dye and for insect repellent.

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Planting and Cultivation Notes
We recommend planting ephemerals in early fall while the soil is still warm, or in early spring. Spring installations will have some time to develop before summer dormancy, but will not produce flowers the first year. An early fall planting allows the roots time to establish properly before winter, and gives the plants a stronger start the following spring. This woodland species appreciates a generous application of leaf mulch in the fall.