Random Plant: Bloodroot


Bloodroot on Big Fork Ridge. Photographed 04/11/2016 at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis, Papaveraceae) is one of many plants known as a spring ephemeral. Spurred into action by increasing day length in early spring, these plants complete their life cycles in just a few weeks. By the time deciduous trees have leafed out in May, these plants have already gone to seed.

Bloodroot photographed 04/18/2009 near Blissfield Michigan.

A native of eastern North American woodlands, bloodroot gets its name from the red sap stored in its rhizomes.  These underground perennating organs store carbohydrates and water that fuel the above-ground growth.  Rhizomes can spread out over an area and give rise to colonies of plants.  Because of this, plants are often found clustered together.


About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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