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Sanguinaria canadensis

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Joseph O'Brien, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

More About Sanguinaria canadensis

  • Rhizomatous, native, woodland perennial
  • Solitary, cup-shaped, white flowers with yellow stamens
  • One of the first flowers to appear
  • Flowers often emerge through the unfolded leafs
  • Green, variably lobed, heart to kidney-shaped leaves
  • Bloom Time: Early spring

Interesting Notes:

  • Native to Ontario
  • The rhizomes release a red sap when cut, giving rise to the common name bloodroot

Zone:

2

Height:

10-15 cm

Spread:

20-25 cm

Colour:

White

Bloodroot Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows best in an average to moist, well-drained, fertile soil in partial to full shade. Thrives in some sun where soils remain consistently moist. Foliage often disappears by late summer. 

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Sanguinaria canadensis Characteristics

Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Rock garden
Rock garden

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Moist to Average

Growth Rate

Slow

Flowering Time

Early Spring

Habit

Spreading

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Woodland/woods edge
Border/edging
Naturalizing

 Suitable Substitutions for Sanguinaria canadensis

Get more info on Sanguinaria f. multiplex 'Plena'

Sanguinaria f. multiplex 'Plena'

Double flowering Bloodroot