What flower is that?

 Bloodroot in flower Mature Bloodroot leaf
Photo on left: © Francis R. Underwood 2015.   Photo on right: kbarton

The mystery plant for May is a perennial with red juice and a single basal leaf with from 3 to 9 deep lobes. The single flower which is usually white has 2 sepals and from 7 to 16 petals. The fruit is a spindle-shaped capsule topped with a persistent style. This plant blooms from mid-April to late May.  It grows in rich woods.

It’s…

Botanical Name:
  Sanguinaria canadensis
Common Name:
  Bloodroot
Family:
  Papaveraceae (Poppy Family)
Habitat:
  Rich woods

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