Bloodroot

Sanguinaria canadensis

Bloodroot

A common spring wildflower of Indiana woodlands. Bears a single, multi-petaled flower that lasts no more than a few days, and is easily damaged by rough weather. Each plant has a single scalloped leaf; the foliage often persists well into the summer. Shortly after blooming the flower is replaced by a slowly swelling seed pod that will eventually burst, scattering the seeds. Those seeds bear a fleshy structure that is highly prized by ants, which collect and disperse the seeds.

Bloodroot leaf and early seed pod