Sanicula caerulescens

Common Name: blue sanicle 
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Apiaceae
Native Range: South-central China
Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 0.25 to 0.50 feet
Spread: 0.50 to 1.50 feet
Bloom Time: May to September
Bloom Description: White with blue tip
Sun: Part shade to full shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy


Easily grown in moist, organically rich, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Plants may self seed in optimum growing conditions.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Sanicula caerulescens, commonly called blue sanicle, is a shade-loving herbaceous perennial that is native to China. Tiny brush-like white flowers with blue tips bloom over a mound of divided bronze-green leaves. Flowers bloom in spring (May), with a less vigorous but continued bloom into late summer. It typically grows to 6” tall and spreads to 18” wide.

Genus name comes from the Latin word sanus meaning healthy.

Specific epithet from Latin means dark blue.


No known serious insect or disease problems.


Shady border areas. Woodland gardens. Containers.