1 Jun 2007

Flower Fest - S for Sanguinaria canadensis

The only species in the genus Sanguinaria, Sanguinaria canadensis or Bloodroot, as it is commonly called, is a plant indigenous to United States. Blood red juice can be extracted from its root, so the name Bloodroot. Native Americans used this juice as body paint, dye and as an herbal remedy to treat various diseases of the skin.

The flowers are white with oblong petals with a yellow center. The plant prefers shaded spots and produces flowers in March and April. An interesting fact about this plant is that the seeds are spread by ants in a process called Myrmecochory. (Phew, who knew! Thanks FF for improving my GK like this with every round!)

This is my entry for the letter S currently on at Flower Fest - The A - Z of Flowers

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