Friday, April 15, 2011
Native Plant of the Week: Bloodroot ~ Sanguinaria canadensis
What isn't there to like about Bloodroot? It's usually the first spring ephemeral to flower in our yard - as early as late March. This year, it just started to flower mid-week.
The beautiful white petals are over 2 inches in width and open fully for the mid-day sun. The number of petals are usually 7 but not uncommonly more than 7. The blooms close up at night as temperatures drop and look like white candles, with the solitary blue-gray leaf wrapped around its stem acting as the candle holder.
Read an earlier post about this.
We had a small remnant patch of Bloodroot in our yard under large oak trees when we purchased our house. Since removing invasive European Buckthorn and Honeysuckle in this area, the Bloodroot patch has spread quite a bit and new clusters are emerging 10 to 15 feet away from the original bunch.
Bloodroot is found in medium to dry woodlands in most of eastern North America, from Saskatchewan south to Texas and eastwards.