Sanguinaria canadensis

Common name: Bloodroot

Native plant

Bloodroot blooms in spring in rich, moist soils, before trees overhead fully leaf out. It typically rises 6-10" tall and spreads over time to 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 and typically only last a couple of days. Leaves continue to grow after bloom (sometimes to as much as 9" across) and remain attractive until mid to late summer when the plant goes dormant. All parts of the plant ooze a bright reddish-orange sap when cut, hence the common name.

Limited availability.


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Perennial- Specialty Species Tier 3
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 18 (pints)

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Partial Sun / Part Shade, Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Requires Protected Site


Moist Woods, Woodlands

Growth form

Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
8 Inches
Mature width
8 Inches
Max height
10 Inches
Max width
1 Feet

Additional information

Pollinator hot spot

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