Sanguinaria canadensis, blood root

Category: Shade Perennials
Family: Papaveraceae
Origin: Florida
Evergreen: no
Flower Color: white, yellow
Bloom Time: march, april
Height: 3 inches
Width: 3 ft
Exposure: shade
Irrigation: medium
Cold Hardiness: -40 F
Description: The bluish shoots of Sanguinaria canadensis form a patchy groundcover of deeply lobed leaves and white flowers with gold center. Though widely native to Canada and the eastern US south to the Florida panhandle, each local population has its own unique genetic makeup, or provenance. The Florida provenance, as pictured, is smaller. The flowers are pollinated by bees but produce no nectar. The seeds are gathered by ants and taken to their nests where they germinate in the insects' debris.