BLOODROOT

FAMILY: Papaveraceae | GENUS: SANGUINARIA canadensis

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Partial Shade
  • Full Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
  • Ample Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8

Plant Details

Native to North America. This low-growing member of the poppy family gets its common name from the orange-red juice that seeps from cut roots and stems. Deeply lobed, gray-green leaves reach 612 inches across. Blooms in spring, bearing lovely (but ephemeral) white or pink-tinged, 112- to 2 inches flowers carried singly on 8 inches stalks. Spreads slowly by rhizomes; good choice for damp, shaded rock gardens or woodland plantings. Combines well with ferns. Mulch in spring. Sanguinaria Canadensis multiplex 'Plena' has longer-lasting, fully double flowers.

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