Friday, May 12, 2006

Bloodroot Photo

Oops, forgot to add the photo of the bloodroot. In one of the photos you can see the characteristic new leaf wrapped around the flower stalk. The leaves unfurl as they grow bigger. Apparently the roots were used by the native americans as a dye. Here's a good website which has a lot of interesting information.

And this also information rich website claims that it's an endangered species and should only be cultivated if you want to use it medicinally or extract the juice for dye! I don't know where we got the plant but I think it may have come from Lowes. I hope we're not doing something detrimental to endanger it's survival by having purchased the rootstock!

Another excellent website.


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