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Sanguinaria canadensis is a lovely spring ephemeral that seems to burst out overnight producing dazzling white blossoms
with yellow centers for just a short time in early spring, just before the trees leaf out. The flower rises from the centre of a single curled leaf
opening in the day and closing at night. Naturally occurring in rich woods and ravines, Bloodroot emits a captivating fragrance that attracts many
kinds of bees. The foliage is rounded, with deep notches, forming a low clump and when flower fades the leaf opens in a very unique shape
as large as 6" in diameter. Bloodroot will go dormant mid-summer. Choose a site under deciduous trees that is moist during the early spring for the stunning Bloodroot!
Cold, moist stratification. Start at least 5 weeks before outdoor night temperatures are reliably in the 10 C (50 F) range. Mix the seed with a slightly moistened,
sterile, soil-less growing mix. Put this in a labelled, sealed plastic bag and store in a refrigerator for one day. The next day place this in the freezer for one day.
Repeat this for one week, alternating between the fridge and the freezer. After stratifying, plant seed 0.64 cm (1/4 inch) deep in pots. Keep moist but not soggy and
very warm (21 C - 70 F). When seedlings are 5 cm (2 inches) tall or more, transplant into the garden spaced 30 cm (1 foot) apart.
Plant seed 0.64 cm (1/4 inch) deep in a prepared seed bed in late fall so that the seed overwinters and germinates naturally in spring.
In late fall through to mid-winter fill plastic pots with a slightly moistened, sterile, soil-less growing mix. Plant seed 0.64 cm (1/4 inch) deep in pots and label the pots.
Place them outdoors in an area where they will experience the snow and cold of winter. The seed will germinate in the pots in spring as the weather warms up. Be sure to water
the pots regularly in spring and once the plants are 5 cm (2 inches) tall, transplant them into your garden.