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March Wildflower Spotlight: 
Bloodroot

Bloodroot 
Sanguinaria canadensis

These ever popular white wildflowers with their yellow centers are one of the first bloomers in spring. When the leaf first appears it is wrapped around the flower bud. The flower lasts for a relatively short time. Opening in full sun and closing at night. It is found in rich woodlands usually on banks or slopes. Bloodroot got its name from the red-orange juice found in its stem and root. Native Americans used the root as a dye for baskets, clothing and body paint. Bloodroot has been prescribed for a myriad of medical conditions from skin cancers to sore throats by Native Americans, early settlers and herbalists.  

Previous Spotlights:

February: Heartleaf

January Witchhazel
October: Closed Gentian
September:   Goldenrod
August:   Joe Pye Weed
July:    Cardinal Flower
June:   Rosebay Rhododendron