Bloodroot in a spot of sun

The Delicate Beauty of Bloodroot

Bloodroot seems like a rather coarse name for such fragile, ethereal beauty.

Lance and went out to find the colonies that grow on our mountain, and caught them just before their bloom.

Bloodroot just about to bloom
Bloodroot just about to bloom

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria Canadensis) comes up just one flower at a time, with one bud and one leaf. The gray-backed leaf curls protectively around the stem and bud as it grows taller, then eventually the leaf opens out, just as the bud spreads out its petals.

This spring ephemeral doesn’t withstand the snow and winter wind very well; if you don’t catch the bloodroot bloom before it storms, you are likely to miss it entirely.

Bloodroot in a spot of sun
Bloodroot in a spot of sun

Here’s a photo of bloodroot from 2016, after the bloom has opened and the leaf is spread.

bloodroot in full bloom
bloodroot in full bloom

This beautiful flower gets its name from the sap in its root or rhizome, which is bright orange. It’s used topically in healing skin problems, from skin tags and moles to eczema and cancers.

Bloodroot root opened
Bloodroot rhizome opened

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