Sanguinaria canadensis

Family Poppy (Papaveraceae)
Bloom Early spring
Habitat Moist deciduous forest
Status Native
Cycle Perennial
Height 5-10″
Flower Flowers are single, large white flowers about 1-2″ wide with 8-10 petals and a golden yellow center. Each flower is on its own pinkish stalk. Flowers close in the cold or cloudy weather.
Leaf Leaves arise from the base of the plant and are large and rounded about 4-7″ wide. The margin is wavy to coarsely toothed.
Notes Stems are smooth, erect, leafless and contain a red juice that can cause a rash or blistering of the skin. This is one of the earliest flowers to bloom, flowering well before trees leaf out.


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