Plant of the week –
Common Name: double-flowered bloodroot
Botanical Name: sanguinaria canadensis ‘multiplex’ , flore plena
After this plant was mentioned on my ‘past plants’ page I decided to look up Bloodroot. WOW is all I can say. I am in love with the double-flowered variety and would like to find roots somewhere to plant in my garden.
Here is what I was able to find out about double-flowered Bloodroot –
The bloodroot gets its common name from the bright red sap that bleeds from the broken rhizomes which I find very interesting. Its Latin name implies that it comes from Canada, but its home stretches far south in eastern North America so even though this plant looks tropical (to me, anyway) it is very cold hardy. The flowers of this kind last much longer than its single-flowered cousin and in the spring they give you dramatically beautiful, white blooms in the shade garden, typically planted in a woodland setting. The blooms open before the leaves giving it the appearance of a waterlily sitting atop the soil. Bloodroots are a lovely addition to any shade garden, but the double-flowering type is sterile and since it does not set seed it must be propagated by rhizome division.
Description – perennial
Hardiness Zone – 3-9
Exposure – full to part shade
Mature Height – 8″
Bloom Time – spring
Bloom Colour – white
Scent – none, that I know of