Blood Roots


Sanguinaria canadensis

Couldn’t help posting this picture of my stunning companion, Bloodroot, the first to announce the official start of good weather in my garden. This native poppy goes by many names: Indian paint, redroot, puccoon and war paint are the most common. It was widely used by the early First Nations for medicinal purposes and for painting their bodies and dyeing their clothes. A woman would paint her body red to entertain and welcome the new colonists–ha! They should’ve used the caustic sap to keep them off their native lands.


About Murielle Cyr

Writer, organic gardener, soapmaker, listener.
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7 Responses to Blood Roots

  1. Harbans says:

    A quality photo. Thank you very much.

  2. I like your take on the Bloodroot and the sap to keep unwanted visitors off the Native lands.. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case and the rest is History as they say… Love this flower… and lovely photo.. 🙂

    • Bloodroot is a masculine plant ruled by Mars and has the power to attract love. By far, my favourite spring flower. A woman painting her body red to be more alluring is a natural, innocent gesture. Yet, it can have negative consequences, depending on who answers the mating call. Yes, Sue, my comment was as caustic as the sap of the Bloodroot. My negative side takes over sometimes.

  3. Pingback: Bloodroot – Sanguinaria canadensis | Nantahala Natives

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