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Bloodroot
Sanguinaria canadensis

Native, spring ephemeral, perennial herb, 3-9" tall. Well suited for naturalized plantings, forest restorations, wildflower gardens, rock gardens, ground cover and sometimes herb gardens, Its showy flowers bloom in spring, and it is one of the earlier plants to emerge from the nearly frozen soil.

USDA symbol: SACA13

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height1 foot
Light ExposurePart Sun, Shade
Soil MoistureDry, Medium
Bloom ColorWhite
Bloodroot (Bloodroot<div><em class="small">Sanguinaria canadensis</em></div>)
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Tolerances

Flooding / Inundation ToleranceModerate
General Resilience4
Salt ToleranceLow
Stress ToleranceGeneral Disturbance

Pollinator Value: High

Bloom MonthsApril to May
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeErosion Control, Upland Buffer
Coefficient of Conservatism7
Herbivore SensitivityLow
LifespanPerennial
Rate of SpreadMedium
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal

Range

CountyAitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Cottonwood, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Itasca, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Koochiching, Lac qui, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Norman, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Roseau, Sherburne, Sibley, St. Louis, Stearns, Steele, Swift, Todd, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Winona, Wright, Yellow Medicine
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands