Friday, April 27, 2012

Bloodroot


Beautiful bloodroot (sanguinaria canadensis) was in bloom in my garden very early this year due to the mild winter! It is one of the plants I forget I have until I see its lovely white flower nodding gently above the heart shaped light green foliage.
It's pretty easy to grow and spreads nicely if it likes where it is. Plant yours in a cool, moist spot rich with leaf mold. It can be grown from seed but propagation with root sections in the early Autumn tends to be more successful.
The root produces a red sap that gives it it's name and can be used for dying fabric. While it has several medicinal uses, those applications should be done only by an experienced herbal practitioner and never while you are pregnant.

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