Bloodroot

Sanguinaria canadensis

The bloodroot flower resembles a water lily and has 8–16 white petals around a golden yellow centre. There are two sepals that fall as the flower opens. The plant’s large, round leaves have several deep lobes. Best naturalized in large sweeps in woodland or native plant gardens. Also effective in shaded areas of rock gardens.

Roots contain a blood-red juice, hence the common name.


In nature Open deciduous woods, clearings.


Companion plant suggestions include Spring Beauty, Anemome

Caring for Bloodroot

Applying leaf mulch helps to imitate the conditions found in the forest and provides nourishment as the leaves decompose. Leaf mulch also offers protection during the cold northerly winters and the drying summer heat. Refrain from mulching too heavily, however, as this can contribute to stem rot.

It is happiest in Humusy, medium moisture

In terms of water, Bloodroot needs Needs consistently moist soils which do not dry out.