Friday, March 26, 2010

Bloodroot flowers

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is a lovely spring wildflower in deciduous forests in the Eastern U.S.

The common name reflects its reddish sap, when the underground parts are bruised. The sap contains active phytochemicals, some potentially effective against less desirable bacteria and possibly some cancer cells.

Its flowers tell me that spring is definitely here.

This plant, transplanted from the side garden, is flourishing along the front pathway. (And note the young, seed-derived, plant on the left!)

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6 Comments:

Blogger Randy Emmitt said...

Lisa,
That is the best looking bloodroot I have ever seen! Here if you find two blooms in a bunch they are really good.

March 27, 2010 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Isn't it a huge clump?

We think it's because the seeds aren't dispersed in the garden by native ants, like they would in natural habitats, so seeds fall and become established next to the parent plant, creating a nice mass of plants. Tim saw an even bigger clump in a created garden area along a nature trail nearby.

Lisa

March 27, 2010 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

We enjoy bloodroots in our garden too. But it will be some time before their foliage appears. Our late spring has taken a turn for the worse. Flowers will be even longer.
Rob

March 30, 2010 at 1:25 AM  
Blogger Adrian Ayres Fisher said...

Don't have bloodroot in my yard. It's on my wish list. In the forest preserve near my house they grow naturally in large patches full of glowing white flowers, a glorious sight--but right now they're only just up.

Yesterday I just noticed that the Virginia waterleaf and Virginia bluebells in my shady area are up, too.

March 30, 2010 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger spgass said...

Very nice! If interested, here are some of my bloodroot photos.

April 4, 2010 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

My gardening companion took LOTS of bloodroot photos today at a native plant garden in the mountains. They're lovely both in nature and in garden settings, and seem to be reasonably easy to grow.

Rob, glad you have bloodroot in your garden (I'm assuming it's our native species), but not surprised it would be lagging behind with your cold spring this year.

Lisa

April 4, 2010 at 8:40 PM  

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