Saturday, March 26, 2016

In Bloom in the garden - Bloodroot

One of the Spring ephemerals which grows on the edge of the woods in part shade, blood root is unique because it flowers first and leafs out second. You need to keep an eye on the bloodroot patch as it will bloom one sunny spring day and only stay in bloom for a day or two so it is very easy to miss!
This pretty little patch of bloodroot is tucked in the back corner of our goosefoot shaped garden.
Like the name suggests the roots drip a red substance that looks like blood. The roots have been used in the past to dye wool or fabric. It is also used as an escharotic or skin eating plant. Don't be afraid as it only eats unhealthy skin such as cancerous skin ailments. 
Sadly, bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis is one of our native plants that are being overgrown in the woods by other invasive species. It is also being overharvested as some promote it as a plant to eat skin tags and warts. 


Angela McRae said...

I have not heard of bloodroot, but your post makes me want to go check it out! (I am such a fan of using natural remedies whenever possible!)

Marilyn Miller said...

Not one I am familiar with. Beautiful!