BLOODROOT (SANGUINARIA CANADENSIS)

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BLOODROOT (SANGUINARIA CANADENSIS)

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Very special spring wildflower in the poppy family that sends up a flowering stalk encased by its palm-shaped leaf, which then unfurls as the flower opens.  Diminutive, but quickly forms a small colony, forming a beautiful white carpet in the spring.  Blood red roots give it it’s name.  Low-dose medicinal that is toxic in high doses, but in small doses (think drops) is a strong expectorant.  Also famous ingredient in fables black drawing salves or yore and for good reason.  Used topically, this plant can help slow the growth of abnormal cells, including warts and cancers, but should be used under the guidance of an herbal practitioner.  Northeast native currently at-risk of over harvest in the wild so growing this plant is an act of medicinal plant conservation.  Prefers full to part shade and moist well-drained soil, but will tolerate average garden soils just fine.  Hardy perennial to Zone 3.

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