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Bloodroot, Carolina redroot
Lachnanthes caroliniana

Copyright by: Chuck McCartney

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wet butterfly gardens.

Availability: Grown by one of two native plant nurseries in northern Florida.

Description: Medium to large herbaceous wildflower.

Dimensions: Typically 3-4 feet in height. Taller than broad.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Eastern North America south to Miami-Dade and Collier counties; Cuba.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Wet pinelands and marshes.

Soils: Moist to wet, moderately well-drained soils, with or without humusy top layer.

Nutritional Requirements: Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.

Drought Tolerance: Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.

Light Requirements: Full sun to light shade.

Flower Color: White.

Flower Characteristics: Showy.

Flowering Season: Summer.

Fruit: Inconspicuous capsule.

Wildlife and Ecology: Nectar plant for butterflies. Attractive to birds.

Copyright by: Chuck McCartney

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Susan Trammell

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

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