Garden Guide Bloodroot, beautiful and inspiring

After the holidays come and go, we all want something beautiful and inspiring to look forward to. For the Poppy family, belonging, sanguin-ria canada-nsis, otherwise known as wildflower bloude, is the only thing.

You will see a very white flower in the flower you have seen since March. It only attracts your attention to it. The flowers are single with 8-12 leaves. When fully developed, the flower is 1-1.5 inches wide and looks rectangular. It only grows to a height of 3-6 inches and you should really look for a rich, wet, semi-shady forest.

Look for leaves first – or I have to say “leaf”. Bloodroot has a single round leaf with 5-8 lobes like the fingers.

Bloodroot is one of the bright orange-red juices that are found under thickets. Red juice has a strong anti-inflammatory effect when used in baskets, clothing and paint as well as pesticides – high levels of isocunoline alkaloids, so watch out, but do not interfere with the root. As a native, wildflowers are transmitted through the rhizome (underground, horizontal trunk) for many years. Indigenous species produce extended capsules with seeds. The fruits are green pellets with brown seeds from April-May. There is a double flower that does not produce seeds called ‘Multiplex’. This plant produces good seasonal ground cover.

It does not worry about insects, disease or other problems, so if you have a damp shade on your property, it is a great addition to your natural landscape. It is also a large flowering plant that attracts bees and song birds. If you do not own forest land on your own property, we are lucky to have this beautiful flower on the Thoreau Trail in San-Lee Park.

Minda Daughtry is a fruit and vegetable agent in Lee County with North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

Minda Daughtry is a fruit and vegetable agent in Lee County with North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

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