Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)
In bloom March 27 - April
18. Plants about 2-8 inches tall. The single flower has white
petals and a golden center of about 24 stamens. This flower is
enfolded in a blue-green leaf. There is abundant red latex in the
stem and root, which is the basis for this plant's common name.
This latex was used by Algonquian Indians to dye clothing,
baskets, and their own bodies. As body paint the latex also
serves as an insect repellent.
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