Photo credit, C Gracie.
|In order to see the “blood” (actually a red-colored sap) that runs through the veins of this lovely spring wildflower, one must only nick one of the prominent veins in the leaf. Bloodroot is a misnomer since the source of the blood red color is actually the underground rhizome, or stem, of the plant, long used by Native Americans as a source of medicine and a long-lasting dye.
The contrasting yellow anthers and white petals of the flowers advertise a food source to early-flying bees and flies, but they are deceived if they hope to find nectar in the base of the flower. The flowers provide only pollen, which bees can use to feed their larvae.
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