Bloodroot - Sanguinaria canadensis (Poppy family - Papaveraceae; Poppy subfamily - Papaveroideae) •


Bloodroot - Sanguinaria canadensis (Poppy family - Papaveraceae; Poppy subfamily - Papaveroideae) This delicate flower is short lived and opens only in full sunshine. The underground root contains a reddish juice that accounts for its common and generic names (from Latin sanguinarius, meaning "bleeding").

 


The pale, lobed leaf embraces the stalk bearing the showy 8- to 10-petaled flower and does not fully expand until the flower has bloomed. 6 - 12 in. Rich woods. Native Americans used the juice as a dye for their basketwork.

 

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