First To Bloom

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is the first to bloom in our Native Plant Gardens at Joe Dodge Lodge. This beautiful wildflower grows in shaded, rich woodlands from Quebec to Florida.  Its thick 6-8" stem pushes out of the ground reavealing a single leaf, tightly rolled around a large flower bud.  The single white flower lasts only a few days but the foliage remains until the entire plant disappears in late summer.

Its curious name comes from it's blood red sap. The sap was used traditionally as a dye and extensively by Native Americans for a variety of medicinal preparations. 

The Native Plant Gardens were created in cooperation with the New England Wildflower Society.  Wander through the gardens on your next visit to Joe Dodge Lodge.