Sanguinaria canadensis / Poppy Family
Height: To 6"
March 28, 2005
Looking forward to seeing these beautiful white flowers shining in the sun on an early spring day helps me get through the long, cold winter! Bloodroot plants have an iodine-colored juice in the roots, which gives them their name. The leaves envelop the flowers before they bloom. You can find large clusters of these flowers blooming in early March, they are one of the first to emerge from the forest floor. What a beautiful prelude to spring! These were blooming in a garden at the University of Tennessee Arboretum. Bloodroot is one of the first wildflowers to greet hikers on the Norris Dam State Park Bluff Trail.
Where seen: Norris Dam SP, Frozen Head SP, Great Smoky Mountains NP, University of Tennessee Arboretum, Haw Ridge Greenway, Warriors' Path SP, Ijams Nature Center