Early spring blooms are a welcome sight, blooming before trees have leafed out. A white bloom appears for a short time, emitting a fragrance that attracts small bees, ants, and wasps that pollinate the plant and drink its nectar. A green leaf wraps around the flower stem and opens into a unique shape as the flower fades. Bloodroot becomes dormant in mid-summer. Great planting choice beneath trees or shrubs where the soil is moist and rich in organic matter.
The plant rhizomes contain several alkaloids that individually target multiple molecular processes. Historically, the root was used by Native Americans to treat a range of conditions. The alkaloids have never been developed pharmaceutically.
*NOTE: Flowers are potentially toxic and contain sanguinarine, a toxin that kills animal cells.
Ontario Hardiness Zone: 3 to 7 (Find out your Hardiness Zone here)