Each spring, as the strengthening sun gradually warms the cold earth, the sparkling white flowers of our beloved native Bloodroot emerge to welcome the new season.
Plant just a small rhizome (or running rootstock) in your woodland garden and, in a few short years, it will expand into a substantial colony. Each spring you will be rewarded by a mass of pristine white flowers with yellow stamens that are abuzz with the first pollinators of the season. And, in cooler climates, Bloodroot also offers a bonus of scalloped leaves that create an attractive summer ground-cover.
When and Where to Plant Bloodroot
Bloodroot is most often planted as dormant rhizomes (underground stems), in spring or fall.
If you’re not able to plant them immediately, remove the rhizomes from their plastic bag, wrap them in wet paper towels and store them temporarily in the refrigerator.
Light: Partial sun to light shade
Soil: Choose a spot where the soil will be consistently moist throughout the season, but which does not get waterlogged. Amend your soil with plenty of compost before planting.
Spacing: Position three rhizome divisions approximately 1’ apart with enough surrounding space to eventually accommodate a colony up to three feet in diameter.
Planting: Dig down about an inch below the surface of the soil and position each rhizome horizontally. Cover with amended soil and mulch lightly with chopped leaves.