Sanguinaria canadensis

Here they come…like little soldiers rising from the earth. Bloodroot flowers!  Look how their arms are held tight to their sides as they pierce through the cold and damp of early March. These precious flowers are among the first to bloom in Southwest Virginia.

At my house, the emergence of bloodroot flowers is truly the first sign of spring. I have a little moss-covered grotto on the other side of our stream, and there in the grotto I have been planting tiny “starts” of native wildflowers. The inspiration to do this came from these native bloodroot plants –they were already there, growing happily under the limestone outcroppings when I bought the property a few years ago.

I have to say, I am regularly startled by the brilliant white of these flowers! Perhaps it is just the fact that they emerge so quickly from under a carpet of wet, brown leaves, at a time when nothing green has even considered popping up yet. The ground is still cold, and it is not entirely pleasant to be outside, and then– lo and behold, here come the happy, brilliant faces of bloodroot flowers!

At this time of year, the honey bees are hungry and out on their first flights. What a joy it must be for them to find these woodland flowers offering up nectar in an otherwise lifeless landscape!

Go out, go out–and welcome these woodland wonders.  I bet they are coming up in your neck of the woods too!

9 thoughts on “Bloodroot

  1. Hi! I am working on a website documenting the natural beauty and wonder of Nelson County, VA, and I would love to include some of your photos, especially this gorgeous bloodroot. There’s a lot of Bloodroot in our hills, and one of your photos here would make an amazing central image for our site, (, which is of course not for profit or commercial use or anything, and we would (and do already, actually) link back to your Virginia Wildflower site here, which is amazing. Thank you for all of your gorgeous documentation!

    1. I’d be happy to have my photos used in this way. Thanks for asking. I’ll check out your website too. Linking back to Virginia Wildflowers would be a plus for me. I just want to see my site get used by anyone interested in local natural resources. Good luck and stop back often!

  2. Blood root brightening the path beside Little Otter Creek, James River Park off the Blue Ridge Parkway. March 25, 2017.

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