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April 9, 2011 / virginiatrailschristine

In Bloom: Bloodroot

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Bloodroot

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Bloodroot Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Bloodroot

Bloodroot are abundant on the forest floor.

Genus: Sanguinaria canadensis

Bloodroot is a perennial that blooms abundantly in the Arboretum.  The flowers appear in March and can sometimes last into May.  They are white with 8-12 petals, and have yellow reproductive parts.  Deer often enjoy feeding on bloodroot in the early spring.

Fun Facts: Bloodroot is one of many plants whose seeds are spread by ants, a process called myrmecochory. Native Americans used this plant extensively in their herb lore. And, it’s still being sold for medicinal use today.

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One Comment

  1. Katie / Apr 18 2011 2:13 am

    I was so excited to stumble upon your blog. The pictures are fantastic, and so helpful! I just moved into a new house with extensive gardens. So many of the plants are new to me and it’s been fun to identify them as they bloom. I was searching the internet tonight trying to identify what I now know is Bloodroot, and I did thanks to your post!

    Keep up the great work!

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