Botanical Name: 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.
Planting and Care Considerations
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
Water: Needs consistently moist soils which do not dry out.
Best Soil: Humusy, medium moisture
Roots contain a blood-red juice, hence the common name.