Please Note: These bulbs come up, bloom early, and go into dormancy during hot weather. If purchased for spring delivery they will be either coming out of dormancy or actively growing mid spring. If purchased late spring through fall they will be either going into dormancy or dormant and will not grow until the following spring.
Soil: Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Part to Shade
Flowers: The single 1 1/2″ flower grows on a narrow smooth stalk. It has 8-10 petals with every other one narrower than the one next to it. It has 2 sepals and numerous golden stamens.
Leaves: The single leaf grows on a separate stalk next to the flower. It is 4″-7″ and scalloped into 5-9 lobes. It curls around the flower in chilly weather and at night.
This is a very beautiful spring wildflower and like a tulip comes up, flowers and then eventually fades back to the ground. It is a very nice wildflower to plant in mass for the woodland garden or landscape! The bold and interesting foliage stays nice for quite a long time in the spring and the flowers are spectacular!
Medicinal Uses: Sanguinaria is an ingredient in some toothpastes.
Other Uses: The red dye from the roots was used for baskets, and clothing. It was also used as an insect repellent.
Name: The Latin name sanguinarius means “bleeding.”