Plant Pest-Proof, Perennial Bloodroot in Your Garden


| 8/13/2015 10:14:00 AM


Tags: companion planting, perennials, shade gardening, Barry Glick, West Virginia,

 

Yes, the commonly used name for our beloved, early spring, native wildflower Sanguinaria canadensis is "bloodroot." This makes perfect sense, as a break in the surface of the plant, especially the roots, reveals a reddish, bloodlike sap. Bloodroot was once used as a dye and as an herbal remedy by early Native Americans. Sanguinaria canadensis is native to every state in the U.S. and to every Canadian province east of the Rockies. Consequently, it's considered hardy down to Zone 3.

Planting Bloodroot

And what an easy plant it is to grow! Bloodroot is best planted in average, well-drained soils in part to full shade. It will also do fine with some sun, and seems to grow just as well in drier soils.

The large, multiple, pure-white blooms atop 6-inch to 12-inch plants will grace your garden in early Spring and, after a couple of years, you'll have a colony of self-sown seedlings around a plant that has grown into a very substantial, attractive clump.

The genus Sanguinaria is a member of the Papaveraceae (Poppy) family and is a close relative of plants in the genera Macleaya, Papaver, Meconopsis, Stylophorum, Chelidonium etc.

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8/18/2015 12:21:34 AM

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