Bloodroot

Botanical Name: Sanguinaria canadensis

Height: about 12 cm

Season of bloom: May

Growing Conditions: Deciduous shade. Woodsy soil, not too dry.

Wildlife benefits: One of the earliest wildflowers, important for supplying nectar to diverse overwintering queen bees

From Ottawa Valley or eastern Ontario sources: Yes

Remarks: Blooming may be very brief, but interestingly-shaped leaves provide a woodland carpet through the summer. Seed is ant-distributed and intolerant of drying. Watch for seedlings popping up, sometimes in unexpected places, to increase your planting of bloodroot.

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