Sanguinaria canadensis

Sanguinaria canadensis - Bloodroot Plant
Sanguinaria canadensis – Bloodroot Plant

Sanguinaria canadensis or ‘Bloodroot Plant’ are a woodland plant with attractive flowers and foliage during early spring.

Sanguinaria canadensis is found in woodland areas from North Dakota right through to Florida.

Given the name ‘Bloodroot’ as when cut the roots are a bright red.

The flowers are white, sometimes pink, with yellow stamens, not overly long lasting, however foliage is attractive.

The flowers are followed by small seed heads.

How to Grow Sanguinaria canadensis

Sanguinaria canadensis requires a shaded to part shaded position. A moist humus rich but well drained soil is best.

Excellent in a moist woodland situation, however also useful in any moist shaded area of the garden.

Distribution is widespread throughout the eastern states of the USA


Sanguinaria canadensis or ‘Bloodroot’ can be grown from seed or from rhizome divisions when dormant (late summer – autumn).

We recommend you try dividing Sanguinaria canadensis every two to three years, make sure you discard any diseased or ‘unhealthy looking’ sections, this seems to keep them happy.

Easy by division of established clumps in early spring as new growth commences.