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Canada Bloodroot

Scientific name

Sanguinaria canadensis


Bloodroot is a short wildflower or groundcover species that grows 10-20 cm in height. The leaves are grayish green colored, have 5-9 deep lobes, and only have one leaf per plant that curls around the emerging flower. The flowers are bright white coloured, have 8-12 petals, have yellow center stamens, and bloom in the early Spring between March and April. The flowers are attractive and are one of the first plants to bloom in the Spring, opening during the day and closing at night. This plant’s roots produces a reddish orange sap when broken, hence it’s common name.

Planting conditions

Bloodroot grows best in normal to moist conditions with partial sun exposure or shade. It prefers well drained humus or loam soil types. It can tolerate shade, slight acidity, and drought. This wildflower can be naturally found in moist forests, and along shaded stream or lake shorelines.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 1.5m
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Normal
    • Moist
  • Light conditions:
    • Partial sun
    • Shade
  • Soil type:
    • Loamy
    • Humus
  • pH:
    • Acidic
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Wildflower
  • Eco Zone:
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
    • 6b
    • 7a
  • Plant type:
    • Wildflower
  • Height:
    • 10-20 cm
  • Spread:
    • 50 cm