What makes Bloodroot incredibly unique is how the stemless flowers are actually one palmate basal leaf that unfurls as it blooms.  Native from Nova Scotia South to Florida and West to the Great Lakes it had traditionally been used as an antibacterial and anti-plaque in toothpaste.  The sap is toxic if ingested in large amounts but has been used as a topical anti inflammatory.  The blood root attracts ants who in turn spread the seeds of the plant to other areas of your garden.  If you want to keep it contained make sure you cut back any spent blooms.

You can divide this plant every year in the Spring.


Sanguinaria canadensis

  • Light Exposure: Partial sun-shade
  • Soil Type: Rich, moist
  • Height: 8″
  • Width: 4″
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Bloom Colour: White, pink
  • Foliage Colour: Gray/green
  • Pests and Disease: Leaf spot, slugs
  • Landscape Uses: Beds, borders, groundcover
  • Special Features: Attractive foliage
  • Zone: 2-8

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