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Violet - Viola odorata 'Coeur d'Alsace'. Image by Heather Edwards Flower Photography.

Violet - Viola odorata 'Coeur d'Alsace'. Image by Heather Edwards Flower Photography.

Here’s one of our earliest spring flowers, bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), named for its blood-red sap. This plant’s seeds—like those of many spring flowers—have an extra fleshy attachment called an elaiosome that woos hungry ants. These insects carry the seeds underground so they can munch on the elaiosomes, effectively planting a garden of future bloodroots.

Here’s one of our earliest spring flowers, bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), named for its blood-red sap. This plant’s seeds—like those of many spring flowers—have an extra fleshy attachment called an elaiosome that woos hungry ants. These insects carry the seeds underground so they can munch on the elaiosomes, effectively planting a garden of future bloodroots.

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