Sanguinaria canadensis 'Plena' ('Multiplex') is the double-flowered form of bloodroot - so called for the poisonous orange juice it exudes when cut. It has to be one of the most beautiful of all spring flowers.

John Massey (www.ashwood-nurseries.co.uk) gave me my present clump, which has been expanding steadily in humus-rich soil in part-shade for 3 years now. It will tolerate some lime. From past experience (I have lost it twice), it needs fairly particular conditions to do well - cool climate, summer moisture and decent drainage - as well as a raised bed so you can get close to it. It doesn't like being crowded or buried in leaves either. But it is well worth persevering to find the right spot. Z3.

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