Sanguinaria canadensis (Papaveraceae)
Although this harbinger of spring blooms briefly, the ephemeral beauty of our native poppy is well worth the effort. Pure white cupped blossoms with golden-orange centers are breathtaking in spring. Distinctive scalloped leaves nestle under the blossoms. Bloodroot goes dormant when the heat of summer arrives, so interplant with other woodland perennials to fill in the area in late spring and summer. Grows 8-10" in mixed deciduous woodland areas. Native Americans used the red juice from the roots ("Bloodroot") as a dye for clothing and baskets, as face paint, and as insect repellent.
Bloom color: white
Bloom period: early-spring
Container size: Qt.