This is one of our native flowers that really catches your eye. This plant is a favorite of the Hummingbirds because of the scarlet color and the sweet nectar. Historically it was used as a worm-expellent (vermifuge).
Native Americans used the red sap from the root as body paint. The rhizomes contain the alkaloid sanguinarine which is known for antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Research indicates that sanguinarine may also offer protection against skin cancer. However the FDA considers Bloodroot unsafe even in small doses. I also do not support wild-crafting. Please enjoy the beauty and help protect our native plants.
My husband and I have outgrown our small space, so I’m sitting here in the cabin with our two dogs watching men work as they are building on a new room.
It’s a partly cloudy blustery day here in Arkansas and not fun taking photos of plant with the wind blowing 15 to 25 mph. Spring can’t get here soon enough.