Connecticut Plants
Lachnanthes caroliniana (Lam.) Dandy

Redroot is an endangered species in Connecticut.

  • Synonyms: Lachnanthes caroliana (Lam.) Dandy, Lachnanthes tinctoria
  • Family: bloodwort (Haemodoraceae)
  • Habitat: sandy swamps, bogs
  • Height: 4-18 inches
  • Flower size: 1/2 inch long
  • Flower color: dull yellow
  • Flowering time: July to September
  • Origin: native
Lachnanthes caroliana (Lam.) Dandy

Redroot buds are very hairy, and the open flowers are hairy on the outside. Photographed in Burlington County, New Jersey in late June.

Lachnanthes caroliana (Lam.) Dandy
Lachnanthes caroliana (Lam.) Dandy
Lachnanthes caroliana (Lam.) Dandy

Redroot fruits are reddish 3-parted capsules.

Lachnanthes caroliana (Lam.) Dandy

The roots of the plant are bright red-orange, hence the name "redroot." This plant was dug up in southern New Jersey, where redroot is abundant. Please don't treat Connecticut's redroot plants like this -- the plant is endangered in the state.