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Bloodroot, Red Puccoon
Scientific Name: Sanguinaria canadensis L.
Synonym:
Family: Papaveraceae
Bloodroot, Red Puccoon (Sanguinaria  canadensis)
Sanguinaria canadensis, Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 2: 140.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 1-6
USDA: 3-8

Sun Exposure: Shade

Origin: North America east of the Rocky Mountains

Growth Habits: Herbaceous perennial, up to 10 inches tall (25 cm), 3 to 6 inch spread (7-15 cm); spreads by rhizomes and tend to form large colonies; each stem has one basal leaf, the leaf keeps growing after the flower is spent

Watering Needs: Needs to be kept damp

Propagation: Seeds, rhizome division


The juice extracted from the root of the plant is bright red. It has been used as a yellow-orange fabric dye. It is supposed to have medicinal value, and its extracts have been used in toothpastes and mouthwashes. It can be poisonous.
'Multiplex' and 'Flore Pleno' are varieties with double flowers.

Blooming Habits:
White or pink tinged flowers with yellow center, 1.2 to 2 inches wide (3-5 cm), closing at night. They come from late winter into early spring.

Fruiting Habits:


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