Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is the first and only native wildflower blooming around here. (Coltsfoot is blooming also, but it’s not native.) There is an area of brushy shrubs and saplings steps away from the back deck that has a generous patch of bloodroot. This brushy area has no raison d’être; it seems to merely be an area that was never mowed, and so the trees and shrubs growing there are the kind that would spring up from seeds planted by birds. I sometimes wonder if it wasn’t mowed precisely because the bloodroot grew there.The juice, or sap, found in bloodroot roots has too much of an orange tint to it to look like actual blood–at least to my eyes. When bloodroot emerges, the leaves are wrapped around the flower stalk, looking like chilly swimmers who just got out of the pool and have wrapped a big beach towel around their shoulders. I have grown the double form at the old house for many years, and brought some to my new garden. None of it is blooming yet. The single bloodroot is winsome; the double form is gorgeous. It lasts longer because it cannot be pollinated and doesn’t drop its petals to devote all its energy to making seeds. Being stoloniferous, they lend themselves to a casual ground cover treatment in shade, and make good companions for hostas, ferns, or other spring ephemerals. You can divide the rhizomes into pieces if you want them to spread faster.
Posted for Wildflower Wednesday, created by Gail of Clay and Limestone, to share wildflowers/native plants no matter where you garden in the blogasphere. “It doesn’t matter if we sometimes show the same plants. How they grow and thrive in your garden is what matters most. It’s always the fourth Wednesday of the month!”