Saturday, April 16, 2011

Garden news- April 17, 2011- Bloodroot

I want to talk about bloodroot. There are also pictures.

This native wildflower has become established in my garden. I have 4 “clumps” or areas where the single bloodroot grows. I have one clump of the double flowered variety.

You can now get bloodroot “bulbs” from several catalogues.
It takes some patience, but lots of plants take patience. You get a single plant, which is usually one flower the first year. Maybe there will be two flowers the next year. After several years you can have a clump. After 6-7 years you may have a colony.

Bloodroot blooms for a few days and then is done. The foliage will stick around most of the year. This is good because you don’t want to plant anything on top of it.

I have had the double variety for 3-4 years. There were 6 shoots this year. It seems to really be established. Again it is a wonderful flower that you must enjoy for that brief few days when it blooms.

Here you can see the progression of the most established clump. The first picture is April 2.

April 5

April 6

April 9

Here is this same clump from April 15, 2009. You can see how it has spread.

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