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Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

In bloom March 27 - April 18. Plants about 2-8 inches tall. The single flower has white petals and a golden center of about 24 stamens. This flower is enfolded in a blue-green leaf. There is abundant red latex in the stem and root, which is the basis for this plant's common name. This latex was used by Algonquian Indians to dye clothing, baskets, and their own bodies. As body paint the latex also serves as an insect repellent.

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