Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis
Papaveraceae or Poppy Family
 

Bud Leaves

One of the earliest spring flowers in Wildwood.  Bears a single leaf and a single flower.  Flower bud emerges with leaf wrapped around it.  White flowers with many petals.  Leave with three lobes and strongly raised veins.  Fruit a sausage-shaped capsule (above right). 

Very common in woods on west slope of park; occasional on east slope.

The early blooming, radiant white flowers with the leaves around the stem like a shawl is distinctive and unlikely to be confused with anything else.  Once the flowers are gone, the plant is less conspicuous, but the leaf shape is distinctive.
 

Flower Plants