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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.

2 comments:

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 etsy.com 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 www.PrairieGardenStudio.Etsy.com store in the next week or so.

Thanks!
Liane

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