Haemodorum_planifolium.JPG (42003 bytes)Haemodorum planifolium: is a member of the Haemodoraceae family and is known as the Bloodroot.  

Haemodorum planifolium is a perennial herb with 5-8 leaves that are long, flat and dark green. They are 10-25 centimetres long by 0.5 centimetres wide.

The flowers are held in diverging branches and in clusters of from three to five. Blooms are greenish-black and shiny and appear from September to January. Black capsules follow the flowers and mature from December to March. After seeds are shed the old capsules are held for long periods. These persistent black capsules are an eye-catching feature. Roots are orange-red (hence the common name).

Haemodorum planifolium could be cultivated as a conspicuous foreground plant in native garden beds or native cottage gardens.

The Bloodroot occurs in coast and tableland areas of New South Wales as well as Queensland. The Bloodroot grows at Yallaroo in both our woodlands and grasslands.

Haemodorum planifolium was introduced to England in 1810.

Propagate from seed or rootstock division.