Sanguinaria canadensis or ‘bloodroot’
A single species genus Sanguinaria gets the name ‘bloodroot’ from the colour of the bulb when cut, a real blood red. Best grown beneath deciduous trees where it can happily spread through the leaf litter, this plant is a bit of tease. The flowers are attractive, however can be knocked around by spring rains. The foliage is a good green, however is not long lasting, individual flowers last for a week or less, however it will flower for a month.
Sanguinaria prefers a moist but well drained woodland situation, it refers to be left undisturbed and spreads by rhizomes. See if you can find a ‘double form’, the flowers seem to last a little longer.
You can grow it from seed, however propagation by division when plants are in dormancy is much easier. Remember that the sap will stain your hands and is also toxic, so wear gloves when handling.