As you would expect from the common name, theof this N. American plant oozes red sap if it is severed. Sanguinaria is a wide-spreading perennial which belongs to the Poppy family, and has unfortunately inherited the drawback of having with a very brief life span. The flowers may be fleeting but the large white blooms nestling amongst the greyish lobed are extremely attractive. This is not a plant for a sandy pocket in the rockery – grow it in soil enriched with peat or .
VARIETIES: There is a single species – S. canadensis. The basic details are height 6in., spread 1VS ft.
Flowering period: April – May. The single flowers measure 1.5 in. across and last for less than a day – choose instead the longer-lasting and more eyecatching double form’Flore Pleno’. Do not disturb after planting – label the plants as the leaves anddie down in winter.
SITE AND SOIL: Acid, humus-rich soil is required – thrives in sun or partial shade.
PROPAGATION: Not easy – carefully divide clumps in spring.