Double bloodroot blows me away

Every spring, a small, white, puffy flower explodes on the shady north side of my garden – and every year, it’s pure excitement, all over again. It never fails, and it never fails me.

In fact, this double version of the native Sanguinaria canadensis has multiplied constantly, ever since it came as a gift from Cold Climate Gardening blogger Kathy Purdy.

It’s variously called Sanguinaria canadensis f. multiplex ‘Plena’ or S. canadensis ‘Flore Pleno’ – by any name, though, it calls to me each spring. How about you?

 

8 comments

  1. the site says this plant is hardy to zone 7 & most of the GTA is zone 5 isn’t it? you must have it planted in its own little eco system in order to thrive as perennial!

    1. Ha. It just goes to show: Plants don’t read websites or garden books! The double bloodroot grows quite well in USDA Z5 (Canadian Z6) in my garden, and I know of a US-Z4/C-Z5 gardener outside the city who grows it as well! Let that be a lesson to us.

  2. Simply gorgeous! How long do the flowers last? I often say that plants can’t read zone maps so when it says that I’m in zone 5 and zone 6 is a few km down the street, I pshaw.

    1. Margaret, the double flowers tend to last longer than the singles. They started popping open on the weekend, and I expect them to go on for equally as long. But in truth I’ve never actually timed them, so will report back with an accurate number.

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