Bloodroot

This flower is in a patch in the woods not far from where I live, a spot I’ve been visiting for years. This time a bit of sun shone through some foliage and briefly lit up the flower:

11 thoughts on “Bloodroot

  1. It’s been interesting to see how many people are posting this flower’s image now, and how well-loved it seems to be. I suppose that’s partly because it is a spring ephemeral, and a sign that winter’s ending. It’s is a beautiful thing. I have learned that it’s called ‘bloodroot’ because of the red substance that ‘bleeds’ from it when the roots are cut.

    • It’s one of the earliest wildflowers up here, and it blooms in profusion in some places. “Blood” is in the genus name as well: Sanguinaria. I’ve never cut the root, myself.

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