Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis Linnaeus

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Bloodroot grows throughout eastern North America. In Maryland, it is common in the Piedmont and mountains, infrequent on the coastal plain (J. Hill/MNPS).

Description:

The plant has no above-ground stem. In early spring, the underground stem, or rhizome, which has bright orange-red juice, sends up an erect, solitary flower bud, wrapped in (usually) a single leaf that is often irregularly palmately lobed. The flower petals are very ephemeral, but the leaves persist and continue to enlarge (J. Hill/MNPS).

There are 267 records in the project database.

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Bloodroot blooming in Howard Co., Maryland (4/7/2013). Photo by Kerry Wixted. (MBP list)

Bloodroot in Washington Co., Maryland (4/8/2013). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

Bloodroot blooming in Montgomery Co., Maryland (3/19/2012). Photo by Mike Ostrowski. (MBP list)

A Bloodroot in Howard Co., Maryland (4/12/2014). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

Bloodroot blooming in Montgomery Co., Maryland (3/28/2016). Photo by Robert Ferraro. (MBP list)

Bloodroot blooming in Howard Co., Maryland (4/5/2017). Photo by Robert Ferraro. (MBP list)

Bloodroot blooming in Allegany Co., Maryland (4/16/2013). Photo by Kimberly Booth. (MBP list)

Bloodroot in Allegany Co., Maryland (4/5/2017). Photo by Kimberly Booth. (MBP list)

Bloodroot leaves in Washington Co., Maryland (4/25/2013). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Bloodroot in Harford Co., Maryland (9/18/2017). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

The leaves of Bloodroot in Charles Co., Maryland (5/17/2014). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

Bloodroot in Washington Co., Maryland (4/14/2013). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Bloodroot in Garrett Co., Maryland (4/18/2014). Photo by Matt Tillett. (MBP list)

Bloodroot in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/20/2012). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

A post bloom Bloodroot with seedpod in Dorchester Co., Maryland (4/8/2012). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Bloodroot in Caroline Co., Maryland (5/1/2011). Photo by Mike Ostrowski. (MBP list)


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