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  • Sanguinaria canadensis Bloodroot, Indian paint, Red Puccoon Z 3-9

    Sanguinaria canadensis Bloodroot, Indian paint, Red Puccoon Z 3-9 White anemone-like blooms in spring from the center of glaucus, rolled leaves Ephemeral, dies back in summer....

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    Sanguinaria canadensis Bloodroot, Indian paint, Red Puccoon Z 3-9
    White anemone-like blooms in spring from the center of glaucus, rolled leaves Ephemeral, dies back in summer.

    Size: 6” x 12”
    Care: part shade to shade in moist well-drained soil
    Native: Nova Scotia to Manitoba, south to Florida and Arkansas

    Sanguinaria is Latin meaning “blood,” so named for the red color of the sap. Red sap used to make dye for skin, clothing, weapons and baskets. Used to induce abortions, as well as an aphrodesiac and to cure sexually transmitted disease. The root rubbed on the palm of the hand was a love charm for Ponca men.   Iroquois prescribed it for diarrhea and constipation, to draw out slivers, hiccups, and generally as a panacea. It was administered to those who saw a corpse. Ojibwa made dried roots into a necklace to prevent bleeding. 1st collected by Rev. John Banister in colonial Virginia c. 1678. A gunman mistakenly shot and killed him while he collected plants.   According to John Bartram this was “…(C)alled by the Country People, Red Root, or Tumerick The Root dried and powdered is commenced by Dr. Colden, as a Cure for the jaundice, the Powder has been given to the Weight of a Drachm in Small Beer; and by others, for the Bit of a Rattle Snake.”    Grown at Shadwell, Jefferson’s birthplace and home until it burned in 1770. Pressed specimen in Emily Dickinson’s herbarium.

Common Names of Plants

…aristata Bleeding heart Dicentra spectabilis & ‘Alba’ Blood Carnation Dianthus cruentus Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis Bloody cranesbill Geranium sanguineum Bloody cranesbill Geranium sanguineum v. Lancatrense, v. Striatum Bloody dock Rumex sanguineus…

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…over the garden gate Primula veris Cowslip Primula vulgalis Common primrose Pulsatilla vulgaris syn.Anemone Pasque flower Ranunculus repens var. pleniflorus Creeping buttercup Sanguinaria canadensis Bloodroot Viola tricolor Johnny jump up…

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