Notable Features: Bloodroot emerges from the ground in woodlands before the trees leaf out, making it a very early blooming native woodland. Perfect for when you’re just mentally done with winter and need some green life to appear! Plants display their beauty in 2 stages. Stunning white blossoms appear for a very short time early spring, emitting a wonderful fragrance that attracts many kinds of early-flying bees. At the flowering stage, a light green leaf is wrapped around the stem of the flower. When the flower fades, the leaf opens in a very unique shape as large as 6" in diameter. Bloodroot will go dormant mid-summer. Pairs wonderfully with Pennsylvania Sedge, Wild Ginger, and Jacob’s Ladder. If you plant those species together, just grab your coffee cup and plan on spending time every morning from April-May laying on the ground staring at these plants and taking pictures. That’s how good they are together.
Attracts: The pollen of the flowers attracts various kinds of bees, including honeybees, bumblebees, little carpenter bees (Ceratina spp.), Halictid bees (Halictusspp., Lasioglossum spp.), and Andrenid bees (Andrena spp.).Other insects that visit the flowers include Syrphid flies and beetles, which feed on the pollen (or search vainly for nectar). The seeds of Bloodroot are distributed by ants because of their fleshy appendages. This is a common method of seed distribution for woodland wildflowers, as wind speeds are greatly reduced in wooded areas. The foliage and rhizomes contain an acrid reddish juice and they are toxic. Consequently, this plant is not often eaten by mammalian herbivores, although White-Tailed Deer browse sparingly on the succulent leaves.
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