Bloodroot at Thomson Park: April 20, 2022

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.

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadense)
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadense)
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadense)

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:

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadense)

Other botany:

Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Silver Maple (Acer sachharinum)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Wild-cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum)
Great Burdock (Arctium lappa)
Red Raspberry (Rubus strigosus)
Northern Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa)
Northern Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa) seed pods

Park scenes:

Some birds:

Mallard (male)
Song Sparrow
American Goldfinch (male)
Cooper’s Hawk

Today’s group:


Buttercups have honeyed hearts,
Bees they love the clover,
But I love the daisies’ dance
All the meadow over.            – Marjorie Pickthall (1883–1922)

Miles Hearn

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