Sanguinaria canadensis

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Sanguinaria canadensis

A true harbinger of spring, this thick rounded foliage creates a sweeping carpet found in moist woods and floodplains while its bold, white flowers are an early blooming nectar source for native insects. The texture is attracive and provides great cover in the landscape for native critters.

A long lived, carefree flowering perennial
Creates big goundcover patches in shady areas
Adaptable to many soil types and moisture levels
Key early season nectar source for native insects
Small birds and critters prize its cover

Native Range

Shaded, moist areas from Quebec south to Florida west to Texas and north to North Dakota

Interesting Facts

Bloodroot gets its common name from the blood-red sap that oozes from its underground rhizomes when broken or cut. Native Americans used Bloodroot extract for body paint, dye and as a love charm! While toxic, it is reputed to have medicinal value.


Prefers moist, humusy, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade.

Mature Size: 8-12in. Tall x 8-12in. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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