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Bloodroots return to Kentuckiana

By Cindi Sullivan
WAVE 3 Garden Expert

LOUISVILLE (WAVE) -- As our weather continues to warm up, a popular wildflower is beginning to make its annual debut. WAVE 3 garden expert Cindi Sullivan has more about bloodroot.

One of the first signs of spring that I really look forward to is seeing the bloodroot in my garden starting to bloom. All it takes is a couple of nice warm days in early spring and up it pops with its bright white blooms signaling the end of winter.

Considered one of America's favorite wildflowers, the bloom stalk is held over thick lobed leaves that will start to enlarge only after the flowers fade.  

The bloomstalk holds a bloom with 8 to 12 brilliant white petals that is one to two inches across.

The bloodroots are members of the poppy family. Once established, bloodroots will colonize forming nice clumps of plants in your garden. After the flowers fade, you can also harvest the seedpods that form so that you can sow seed for more plants. They can be planted in shady areas.

The bloodroot is native to natural woodland areas in Kentucky particularly on slopes throughout the state. The root system is where the common name comes from. The rootstocks contain bright red latex that seeps out when cut, hence the name bloodroot

If you have a gardening question for Cindi, you can e-mail her by clicking on her name below. You can also find many helpful garden tips from Cindi by clicking on the highlighted link: Garden Talk.

Online Reporter:  Cindi Sullivan

Online Producer: Charles Gazaway

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