Wooden Surface

Sanguinaria canadensis

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)

  • details

    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



Opening in May

Specific dates and

times coming soon.


Norwell, Massachusetts

Specific address announcement coming soon.


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