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Blood root

Posted by Tammy Sons on

The Blood Root plant, also known as Tetterwort, is an herbaceous perennial plant in the eastern North America. It grows in the areas between Canada and Florida all down the Appalachian mountain range. The blood root grows to a height 0f 20-50 cm. The plant has only one leaf that surrounds the stem. The flowers are white and bloom in the spring areas between March and May, often before the leaves appear. The flowers have large 8-12 petals and have different shapes depending on the subspecies.

The main use of Blood root is as a decoration. The plant beautiful white flower is a prized possession for those who have them as they are very beautiful. These flowers attract many different kinds of bees and butterflies allowing better pollination of the surrounding plants. Deer are also attracted to these plants as they are a great food source for them in the early spring, making it a hit for wild life watchers. These plants prefer shady moist areas like stream banks and flood plains. This makes his plant a must have for shady water gardens. After many years a colony of these plants will grow around the original area by the use of rhizomes, making them very useful in gradually taking an area over like a form of groundcover.

The blood root is also very poisonous. The extract from the plant actually attacks and kills cells of animals and humans. The extract has been thought to be used of skin cancer at burning it away but only leaves scared sections of skin. Another use for the blood root is in dye as it has been used for centuries to dye hair, baskets, clothes and other items. Overall the plant is a must for water gardens and can improve the look of any garden.

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