Please Note: Spring ephemeral. These bulbs come up and 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 summer or fall they will be either going into dormancy or dormant and will not grow until the following spring.
Soil: Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Part Sun – Shade
Height: 2-6 inches
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Season: April – May
Suggested Uses: Bloodroot is a beautiful spring ephemeral that can be found growing in woodlands throughout Minnesota. It is one of the first plants to come up and bloom in the spring. It is a great addition to a woodland garden or a woodland understory restoration. The leaves will last for most of the spring before the plants go dormant. The name refers to the red sap found inside lower stems and roots.
Native Range: Native throughout the eastern half of the U.S., including the woodlands of Minnesota.
Pollinators: An important early food source for bees.
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.
More information: USDA plant profile