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