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Scientific Name:

Sanguinaria canadensis


Bloodroot is a perennial herb with white flowers and distinctive lobed leaves. It gets its name from the reddish sap that oozes from the rhizome when cut.


Woodlands, shaded areas, moist soil


Bloodroot provides early nectar for bees and attracts butterflies. It serves as a host plant for certain butterfly species. The plant's rhizome is an important food source for various woodland animals.

Growing Conditions:

Thrives in moist, well-drained soil in partial to full shade.


Bloodroot has been used in traditional medicine for its medicinal properties, including as an expectorant and for treating skin conditions. The sap was historically used as a dye.

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Fun Facts:

Bloodroot is native to eastern North America. It has cultural significance for Native American tribes.

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