It’s Time To Plant: Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis

Our beloved, early spring blooming, native wildflower Sanguinaria canadensis “Bloodroot” is now upon the perfect time of year for planting.

Bloodroot gets its name from when a break in the surface of the plant, especially the roots, reveals a reddish, blood-like sap. Bloodroot was once used as a dye and as an herbal remedy by early Native Americans. Sanguinaria canadensis is native to every state in the US and to every Canadian province east of the Rockies. Consequently, it’s considered hardy to Zone 3.

And what an easy plant it is to grow!

Bloodroot is best planted in average, well-drained soils in part to full shade. It will also do fine with some sun, and seems to grow just as well in drier soils. The large, multiple, pure white blooms atop 6″ – 12″ plants will grace your garden in early Spring and after a couple of years, you’ll have a colony of self sown seedlings around a plant that has grown into a very substantial, attractive clump.

The genus Sanguinaria is a member of the Papaveraceae (Poppy) family and is a close relative of plants in the genera Macleaya, Papaver, Meconopsis, Stylophorum, Chelidonium etc.About Bloodroot in the Garden and Where to Purchase | Sacred Habitats

By the way, Sanguinaria canadensis is 100% deer-proof, rabbitt-proof, squirrel-proof, mole-proof, vole-proof, chipmunk-proof, well… nothing seems to bother it.

Additionally, there’s a whole host of companion plants that Bloodroot is right at home with, plants like Arisaema, Jeffersonia, Uvularia, Hellebores, Hepatica’s, Ferns and… well, just use your imagination.

My native plant friend Barry Glick of Renick WV, has been building a good stock of these super-easy to grow plants to share with you and now is the PERFECT timeĀ (the month of August) to plant them to insure that the roots have plenty of time to develop before winter. These plants are not harvested in the wild.

What you’ll receive are 5-7 year old, bareroot rhizomes that have flowered for the last 2 years. They’re ready to plant for a spectacular bloom next Spring. They’ll arrive on your doorstep wrapped in moistened, long fibered, unmilled sphagnum moss. This biodegradable material is antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and a very useful material to recycle.

The prices shown below include FREE SHIPPING!!!

7 for $ 35.00 delivered ($5.00 ea)
10 for $ 45.00 delivered ($4.50 ea)
15 for $ 60.00 delivered ($4.00 ea)
20 for $ 70.00 delivered ($3.50 ea)
50 for $150.00 delivered ($3.00 ea)

Larger quantities at even lower prices upon request.

Ordering couldn’t be easier! Just fill out the order form.

Feel free to visit the Sun Farm gardens and see thousands of Bloodroot and Gazillions of other plants, including 6 acres of “Lenten Roses” in full bloom this coming spring or anytime that you’d like, just call 304-497-2208 or email barry@sunfarm.com first to make sure that he will be there to show you around.

Most of their previous weekly specials are still available. Go to Sun Farm Specials to browse the archives.

Barry’s entire “Speakers Portfolio” is now on line, so, if you’re looking for a dynamic, entertaining, educating speaker for your Master Gardener Group, Garden Club, Civic Organization etc, you can peruse it and read the rave reviews. Read about Barry and Sun Farm in Southern Living and take a virtual tour of the gardens. If you haven’t read the story in GQ magazine about Barry, you can read it here online.

By the way, many thanks to Peggy Cornett for the beautiful Bloodroot image.

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