Plant Care Bloodroot


About Bloodroot

Perennial wildflower from a rhizome (underground, horizontal stem) with blood-red juice, leaf single, rounded, with a shallowly and palmately lobed margin, flower solitary, white with 6-18 petals, fruit elongated capsule with a seed. Ants are known to eat and disperse the seeds of this plant.


Sanguinaria canadensis

Also known as

Sanguinaria, Canada puccoon, Bloodwort, Redroot, Red puccoon, Pauson and Tetterwort

How to care for Bloodroot


How often to water your Bloodroot

Water needs for Bloodroot
0.5 cups
every 9

Bloodroot needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Bloodroot

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Bloodroot in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Bloodroot: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Bloodroot may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Bloodroot

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Bloodroot: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Bloodroot after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Bloodroot is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Bloodroot



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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