The Lucky Gardener

The Early Spring Garden, part 2
April 16, 2011, 17:10
Filed under: BloodRoot, garden design, Sanguinaria, spring flowers

The appearance of the native perennial plant, Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), is a greatly anticipated event in my Spring garden. A single white flower emerges from each unfurling leaf. The leaf’s size and shape are distinctive, and the blossom seems somewhere between a Buttercup and Anenome. Each year, the spreading plants fill more and more of the garden floor.

Flowering lasts for a week or so and the leaves remain visible for a few months after that. The plants then go dormant (mid-summer here in the US northeast) and disappear underground until the following Spring.

These shots, taken over a span of only 4 days, show the brief flowering cycle.

Oh yeah, can you tell why its called ‘Bloodroot?

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