Sanguinaria canadensis

Bloodroot

A drift of these provides the perfect "carpet" for a woodland garden. When its white buds poke up through the soil, spring is on the way. Each bud emerges in the tight embrace of a coiled leaf, and once the blossoms open, the round, fuzzy geranium-like leaves unfurl. Native Americans decorated their faces and dyed clothes with the roots' bright red juice. A medicinal herb like other poppies, its powerful alkaloids have long been used by experts as tonic, expectorant and sedative. A large dose can be fatal: do not try to self-medicate, and keep children and pets away. Though shade-lovers, they will take full sun if soil is kept moist. Acid to alkaline soil is fine. They appreciate an organic mulch such as compost, leaf mold or peat moss. Grow single-flowered species from seed in sandy, peaty soil. Transplant in late summer, keeping roots moist, 6 to 8 inches apart.
Sanguinaria canadensis, Bloodroot
Pale flowers brighten a shady garden. The petal tips are sometimes blush pink or blue.

Attributes - Sanguinaria canadensis

Plant Type: Perennial

Bloom Season: Early Spring through Mid Spring

Flower Color: White

Foliage: Deciduous

Height: 4 in. to 6 in.

Width: 1 ft.

Sunlight: Partial Sun

Climate: Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil. Poisonous, Showy Flowers.

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