Monday, May 25, 2009

PlanTrivia : Bloodroot

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is part of the poppy family and considered a wildflower in my region. The blooms, just as the traditional poppies, last only a few days. Native Americans used the red sap emitted from the stems (thus the name Bloodroot) as war paint and a dye for fabrics. Early settlers also used it as a red dye, adding oak bark to set the color.

This information is found in Door County’s Wildflowers, A Field Guide For The Curious by Frances M. Burton and Aurelia M. Stampp.


Tish said...

That is very interesting trivia and a very lovely picture. I am intrigued by natural dying for fibers but have not ventured in to actually try it. LOL Do you have that picture on any note cards on your site or as a photo to sell? It looks so pure and calm. ^_^

PrairieGarden-Liane said...

Hi Tish,

I'm testing this image on different papers at the moment. If it works out I should have it up on the store in the next week or so.