Plant A Day – Bloodroot

Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis

Bloodroot
Sanguinaria canadensis

You’ll never guess how Bloodroot got its name!  Go on, take a guess…  Ok, I’ll tell you.  It’s because the sap in its roots is red!!  How about that!  A name that actually describes the plant.  Woohoo!

It’s such a nice shade of red that it has been used for face painting ever since the time of the Native Americans.  So, go ahead and give it a try.  Don’t ingest it however.  It is rather toxic.

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Bloodroot plants have all of one leaf.

Bloodroot plants have all of one leaf.

The leaf starts out enfolding the flowering stem, then opens up.

The leaf starts out enfolding the flowering stem, then opens up.

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