Double Bloodroot


Double Bloodroot

 Many years ago, I designed a display garden for the Plain Dirt Gardeners of Batavia for their entry into the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. at Navy Pier.     It featured a waterway representing the Fox River, native woodland plants (all grown in a greenhouse during the winter),  Indian artifacts, and, thanks to Chief Joseph Standing Bear, real Indians.  It won Best of Show and I still have the design displayed in my studio.  In gratitude, Ruth Johnson, who had conceived of the plan, gave me a few Double Bloodroot . (Sanguinaria canadensis ‘Multiplex’), which I never heard of before.  I still have them, although all my Bloodroot took a hit last year and I don’t have as many as I did.

double bloodroot 1 4/20/2008

It comes into bloom after the single-petaled species Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)  and flowers for a longer time.    It reproductive parts became petals; therefore, it does not produce any seed–it only increases by rhizomes.

 It was discovered  in 1916 by a Mr. Guido von Webem within a clump of Sanguinaria canadensis on his property in Dayton, Ohio.  In 1919, he divided the plant, sending divisions to the Arnold Arboretum and to a Mr. Henry Teuscher, Director of the Montreal Botanic Garden.  The original plant and the Arnold Arboretum plant both perished, but the Montreal specimen lived on, and it is from this plant from which all the current plants are descended.

double bloodroot 7

double bloodroot 24/4/2010  It appears here with the single Bloodroot and Dutchman’s Breeches.

double bloodroot 54/19/2015

Bloodroots  are a spring ephemeral, which means it blooms early in the spring before the trees leaf out; then disappears, flower and leaf, by summer;  then starts the cycle all over again the following spring,

This plant has received the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

Have any of you seen this stunning plant anywhere?



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