Sanguinaria is a hardy perennial that makes an ideal plant to grow in woodland gardens or shady parts of the garden.
Common names include Tatterwort, Indian Plant, Bloodroot, and Woods poppy.
They flower in the spring carrying flat or double white flowers atop of a stout stalk.
The foliage is grey green and the leaves lobe shaped.
Sanguinaria canadensis (Bloodroot) by wackybadger.
Sanguinaria seeds should be sown in peat pots and sank into a shady part of the garden in the autumn. The seeds should be lightly covered with top soil, and then the pots covered with glass. Check on the Sanguinaria plants every now and again to ensure that the soil stays moist. Germination should take from one to three months, once it has occurred the glass can be removed.
You can also start off indoors first, sow in peat pots about 10 weeks in advance; ideally the plants will be transplanted in September so sow in June or early July. Once growing, space the Sanguinaria plant seedlings about 30 cm apart, in a sunny or partially shaded part of the garden. Ideally the soil should be deep, organic and of pH 5 to 7.
Sanguinaria species are easy to grow and maintain. Once establishes supply manure at the end of every winter. They should be well watered in the summer and other dry periods. If you require more plants, then they can be propagated by division at the end of summer.
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