Sanguinary

April 24, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I planted my first Bloodroot in what passes for a true wildflower garden not long after we moved into the house I was still trying to finish in 1984. The little patch of Sanguinaria canadensis came from my in-law's garden in upstate New York and it had two, for us, very happy habits. The first was that it was happy in its new surroundings and both thrived and spread. The second was that it bloomed extra early at just about the beginning of April. We wound up doing some local Bloodroot rescues—the ones in our area typically start flowering in mid-April—so we're graced with these ephemeral white blossoms for about a month. New S. canadensis plants are forever appearing in new places, since ants delight in the seeds, which they carry far and wide. This lovely group, entirely natural, is putting a botanical explanation point on a fine, fine Bloodroot year.


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