Bloodroot is found in rich deciduous forest and floodplain forests. It can survive considerable disturbance and clearing. We found a few patches of it this morning.
The genus name Sanguinaria comes from the Latin word for “blood” as the fresh rhizomes and roots contain a red milky juice. First Nations people used it as a blood medicine and for painting their faces, clothing and implements of warfare.
Here is how the plant will look in a few days:
Buttercups have honeyed hearts,
Bees they love the clover,
But I love the daisies’ dance
All the meadow over. – Marjorie Pickthall (1883–1922)