Bloodroot is one of the earliest emerging plants in the Northeast, appearing from the forest floor even before the trees leaf out. The alluring fragrance of the stunning white blossoms attract early pollinators and provide a welcome food source.
The flowers open widely to the sun but will remain closed during cloudy days and at night. While the blossoms are sadly short-lived, the blue-grey leaves provide interest into the late summer before going fully dormant. The common name comes from the deep red liquid contained in the stems underground, historically used as a dye by Native People for coloring baskets, clothing, and as war paint.
Source: grown from seed originally from Maine. Wild Seed Project, southern Maine.
Sanguinaria canadensis (Bloodroot)
SIZE AND POT INFORMATION: More details coming in May type: herbaceous perennial sun needs: part sun/part shade, shade water needs: average, moist height: 6"-1' plant spacing: 2/sq ft bloom time: April, May bloom color: white special notes: salt tolerant. Some salt exposure should not be fatal to the plant but some leaf burning may still occur. deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)
good plant companions
trillium, wild ginger, white baneberry, columbine, Dutchman's breeches