Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Bloodroot

Sanguinaria canadensis
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest:
Main Color: White
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone: 1
Hardy To Zone: 1
Sun Exposure 
Soil
Moisture
Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

4 to
8
inches

Spread:

6 to
8
inches
Size
Height: 4 to
8
inches
Spread: 6 to
8
inches
Size
Height: 4 to
8
inches
Spread: 6 to
8
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Beautiful addition to shade areas. Native Americans used the senna-red juice from the leaf stems& roots as a dye.Today it's used as a plaque inhibiting agent in toothpaste and mouthwashes.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Needs shade and well-drained soil. Spread from seed when leaves are raked up in March. Go dormant in summer. Ants disperse seed.
Special Features
Special Usage
Fragrant
Basic Description

Small woodland plant with pure white flowers with showy yellow stamens. The light bluish green leaves, up to 8″ wide, are lobed and bleed red. Medicinal — used for toothpaste.

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