Thursday, April 09, 2009

Sanguinaria canadensis

The Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) finally got enough warm sun during this chilly spring to open last weekend. This is a small colony just outside our living room window. I don't know whether it self-seeded or the original owners of the house, the Howeth's, planted it.

Most of out Sanguinaria grows out by the roadside (below) where it finds better drainage. It usually blooms in great profusion. This year there was much less. I hope this is temporary and not a permanent change.

I wish I had marked this semi-double form (below) so I could collect the seed later in the season. I'll check today and see if I can still find it.

Though I like the simplicity of the common form.


  1. Surely Sanguinaria, not Sanguisorba ?
    Great pictures. Happy Birthday, by the way.

  2. How embarrassing! May I use the excuse that I turned 64 yesterday and the trauma caused my brain to malfunction? To be corrected by the Master of Sanguisorba, The Hat himself, what a humiliation...

  3. What a wonderful plant. I was lucky enough to locate a fully double form, S. canadensis 'Flore Pleno' which has sterile flowers, but it really put a dent in the pocket book. Can hardle wait for it to bloom this spring! Gorgeous beauty!

  4. Indeed a happy birthday to you! Forgetting a plant name is but more reminder of time ticking away. Still, the alternative is not to be borne, wot?

  5. I like this plant's delicate-looking flowers mixed in with the stones and last season's grasses. Very nice.

  6. Teza, I'll stick with the free ones. My pocket book is tight these days.

    Mr. acrostic, I thought I recognized your tone. Now I see it's you indeed.

    lostlandscape, the flowers don't last long. Those in the grass were noticeably wilting.

  7. Gotta love the bloodroot. Our roadside specimens are still hidden. A late Spring in the NW NJ. L. benzoin are still not flowering. Happy B. See you in Millersville?

  8. George,
    The L. benzoin was starting to bloom last weekend. Bloodroot is gone. Surprised blossoming time is so different over such a short distance, but you're probably at a higher elevation too. I'm not going to Millersville this year, unfortunately.



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