Sanguinaria canadensis f. multiplex

double-flowered bloodroot

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Outstanding Qualities

Sanguinaria canadensis f. multiplex presents a unique display in spring with its early, double white flowers and unfurling bluish grey-green leaves. The leaves are beautiful and distinctive, ranging in shape from scalloped and kidney shaped to heart shaped. The flowers start out as little white or whitish pink pompons. Sanguinaria canadensis f. multiplex prefers partially shaded woodland conditions. Plants become dormant during the summer-exactly when depends on how much moisture they receive. Sanguinaria canadensis f. multiplex combines well with small ferns, Solomon's seal, rodgersias, forget-me-nots, trilliums, cyclamen, and epimediums. The common name refers to the red sap that is exuded from the rhizomes if they are cut.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 0 ft. 9 in. (0.23 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 9

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: light to open shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: exquisite spring flowers

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, pink, lavender

Great Color Partners: white, variegated, dark green, silver

Culture Notes
Bloodroot prefers light to open shade with a rich moist to well-drained soil. Although this perennial will typically go dormant by mid summer it does not like to dry our completely. Provide a location with occasional water during dry weather. It is slow to become established, but over time it will become a spectacular colony.