Sanguinaria canadensis

Bloodroot

A delightful woodland plant, Bloodroot is one of the earliest spring wildflowers to bloom. Its simple, white blossom is borne above a large, rounded, lobed leaf. The juice in the roots is orange-red, and was used as a caustic dye by indigenous people.

This is a plant whose distribution in woodland ecosystems is dependent on a mutualism with ants called myrmecochory.

Height: 6-18 inches

Sun Requirements: Forest floor species. requires spring sun and summer shade

Water Requirements: Normal to moist humus rich soils

Flowers: Simple white flowers starting from March to May

Attracts: Bees and other interesting insects