In Bloom: 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.