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Sanguinaria canadensis

Bloodroot, Red Puccoon

Scientific Name:

Sanguinaria canadensis

Genus:

Sanguinaria

Species Epithet:

canadensis

Common Name:

Bloodroot, Red Puccoon

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Papaveraceae (Poppy Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

March, April

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Moist nutrient-rich forests. Common in NC Mountains and Piedmont, uncommon in Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

Exploited (*Key)

Notes:

Seeds dispersed by ants, fast-spreading groundcover.
NC Natural Heritage Program listed as exploited, S5 G5
Uncommin in sandhills and coast.
exploitably vulnerable in New York, special concern in Rhode Island

Emerging Plants

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Tom Harville

1st Day of bloom

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Tom Harville

Mature Plant

Note that blooms last only a day or two

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Jean Woods

Different Petals

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Tom Harville

Seed Pods Forming

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Tom Harville

Double bloom

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Tom Harville

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Flora of North America


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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