Sanguinaria canadensis

Common name: Bloodroot

Native plant

Bloodroot blooms in spring in rich, moist soils, before trees overhead fully leaf out. Typically rises 6-10" tall and spreads over time form nice colonies. Each flower stalk typically emerges wrapped by one palmate, deeply-scalloped, grayish-green leaf. Each stalk produces a solitary, 2" diameter, white flower with many yellow center stamens. Flowers open up in sun but close at night. Leaves continue to grow after bloom (sometimes to as much as 9" across) and remain attractive until mid to late summer when it goes dormant. All parts of the plant ooze a bright reddish-orange sap when cut, hence the common name.

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic

Light exposure

Partial Sun, Shade

Bloom period



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General information

Mature height
8 Inches
Mature width
8 Inches
Max height
10 Inches
Max width
1 Feet
Growth rate
Flower color

Additional information

Pollinator hot spot

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