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.
Botanical Name: Sanguinaria canadensis
Bloom colour: White
Blooms: Spring - Zone 5
Sun or Shade: Partial Sun | Shade
Plant Type: Perennial
Height: Up to 1 foot (30 cms)
Manitoba to Nova Scotia
It grows well in hardiness zones: 3 to 8
Open deciduous woods, clearings
Water requirement: Needs consistently moist soils which do not dry out.
Humusy, medium moisture
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.
Spread: Up to 15 cm
Roots contain a blood-red juice, hence the common name.
Native to Canada
Styling and Use
Spring Beauty, Anemome
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