Etymology: Sanguinaria: Latin sanguinarius meaning "bleeding," referring to juice from broken root
Plants: erect, perennial, 3"-6" tall forb; stout rhizomes with red juice
Leaves: solitary, basal, large, 3-9 lobed, long-stalked, rubbery
Flowers: white, 7 or more-parted, 1"-2 1/3" wide, 4 of the petals often longer than the others; solitary on a stalk up to 6" long; blooms April-May
Habitat: dry to moderate moisture; woods, forests; in rich soil
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 6, Wetland Indicator = FACU-* USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key Purple Sage - Ethnobotanical Information: Detailed usage, preparation, and other helpful information Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"