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Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)
Image ID: 2015/ar119Tap/mouseover and drag to zoom/pan.
Family: Papaveraceae (Poppy)
Height: 0.25 to 0.75 ft.
Blooms: March to May
Leaf Type: toothed
Bloom Size: 1.5 in. (typical)
Flower Description: Individual flowers, Regular blooms, 8 parts
Location: Allegheny River Trail
Notes: Named for the red sap in its root.
More photos of this flower
- Star of Bethlehem
Star of Bethlehem leaf is grass-like; bloodroot's is lobed and claps the stem.
Folklore, History, and Other Facts
The following information is taken from my great-grandmother's copy of The Herbalist (1918). This information is presented for historic purposes only, as many remedies recommended by this book are toxic!
We started out as wildflowers from the bicycle trails of western Pennsylvania, but we've grown!
Meyer, Joseph E. (1918). The Herbalist and Herb Doctor. Hammond, Ind.: Indiana Herb Gardens. 400 pp.