BLOODROOT

BloodRootFlowerCloseup_2015.FBSpring is here when you find “Bloodroot”. This is a beautiful little flower that has one basil leaf that curls around the single flower stalk bearing one white flower with a golden-orange center. The flower doesn’t last long so enjoy them when you see them. When the flower falls off, the leaf opens a spreads itself like a solar panel for the sun. The leaf can get very large. This flower got its name from the fact that the red sap from the underground stem was used by Native Americans as a dye for baskets, clothing, and war paint. It was also used for insect repellent. This plant is not an edible, but just a great spring find.

Two "Bloodroot" flowers with a few of the petals already falling off.

Two “Bloodroot” flowers with a few of the petals already falling off.

The bottom of the photo shows some leaves where the flower has already fallen off and are opening flat.

The bottom of the photo shows some leaves where the flower has already fallen off and are opening flat.

 

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