One of the first spring flowers to bloom and begin the season (March-May). This beauty has one white flower with a yellow-orange center with 8-10 petals that are 1.5 inches long. It has 2 sepals and numerous stamens surrounding one pistil. The leaves are long and bluish green usually 4-7 inches in length.
These flowers are found in very rich forest or along streams. If there is sunlight it will open as far as it can and at night it will close up. The name Bloodroot is from the Native Americans. The sap from the stems comes out a deep red and was often used to dye baskets, clothing or as war paint. It was also used as an insect repellent.
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