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Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Stéphane Bailleul)
Sanguinaria canadensis
  • Sanguinaria canadensis
  • Sanguinaria canadensis



Origin and description

Perennial native to Québec. The stem, sprouting from a rhizome, bears a single large leaf, thick, kidney-shaped, with sinuous lobes. The solitary white flower is ephemeral, but offers a magnificent spectacle in early spring. The foliage disappears over the summer. The name of the plant refers to the blood-red latex it encloses.

This species is considered vulnerable in Québec.

Height: 20 to 40 cm
Width: 15 to 30 cm
Blooms: white, April to May
Attraction for wildlife: attracts pollinators

Common name


Latin name (genus)

Sanguinaria canadensis

English common name

French common name

Botanical family

  • Papaveraceae

Growing conditions

Exposure: semi-shade, shade
Soil type: fresh, well-drained, rich


  • Zone 3

See also

Pests and diseases
Physiological disorders

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