When can I transplant bloodroot, Ontario native plant?

(Question)

My bloodroot plant bloomed beautifully this spring but it is too close to another plant. When can I move it?

(Answer)

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is a delightful woodland plant that seems to appear out of nowhere in the spring.  It has a single silvery green leaf wrapped around a flower bud. The white daisy-like flower is small and transitory. It opens during the day and closes up at night or even on cloudy days, retreating back into the curled leaf. It’s a spring ephemeral, which Wikipedia describes as:

perennial woodland wildflowers which develop aerial parts (i.e. stems, leaves, and flowers) of the plant early each spring and then quickly bloom, and produce seed. The leaves often wither leaving only underground structures (i.e. roots, rhizomes, and bulbs) for the remainder of the year (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ephemeral_plant).

Bloodroot gets its name from the red sap in its roots  and stem.In spite of its delicacy and ephemeral nature, bloodroot propagates easily and will naturalize in a woodland garden and develop into a colony of plants after a few years.

The experts say it can be transplanted at any time, although some suggest it is best to wait until the leaf is dying back a little before making the move. Make sure you transplant it to a location that has the same woodland conditions. Enjoy!

For more information about bloodroot, see:

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bloodroot/how-to-grow-bloodroot.htm