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Sanguinaria canadensis (Bloodroot)

POTTED PLANT

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SKU:
SANCAN-QU
MAXIMUM HEIGHT:
< 1 foot
FLOWER COLOR:
White/cream
BLOOM PERIOD:
1 Spring
SUNLIGHT PREFERENCE:
Medium shade to full shade
MOISTURE:
Average, moist
FORMAL LANDSCAPING:
4-Star
DEER RESISTANT:
Yes

The lovely white flowers of bloodroot are among the first to appear in spring. The orangish-red root can be used to make dye and, though toxic if consumed, has some medicinal properties. A number of bees and other insects that become active early in the year visit the flowers for pollen. The flowers are delicate and bloom only briefly for about two weeks. The round, lobed foliage persists much longer than other spring ephemerals, but the plant typically goes dormant by summer. Bloodroot grows best in rich, humusy soil in areas that receive some sun in the spring but are mostly shaded the rest of the year. If shade is permanent year round due to buildings or other structures, the plants won't really thrive. The seed is mainly dispersed by ants and the occasional native plant nursery.

 
Uses: Early flowers, shade gardens, medicinal
Bloom time: March - April
 
Height: 5 to 10 inches
Space: 6 to 12 inches
 
Sun: Light sun to full shade
Moisture: Average to moist
 
Seed should be sown as soon as possible after harvest. It won't germinate until the following year, but it will lose viability if stored too long. If sowing in a pot or germination tray, cover to depth of seed and keep it damp throughout the year. The following seeding rates should yield about 30 seeds per square foot:
 
  • ~100 seeds per packet
  • 1 ounce per 80 square feet

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