Sanguinaria

Pretty, to be sure. Sanguinaria canadensis, also known by its common name of Bloodroot, spreads vegetatively and its rhizomes contain sanguinarine, a highly toxic molecule which belongs to a chemical family known as the benzylisoquinoline alkaloids (a group which includes a moiety which is perhaps better known to us all, morphine). Joanna walks regularly along the creek and has returned, after her last several outings, with reports of beautiful patches of Bloodroot. Recent sunny days have included invitations to walk with her to see these pretty little plants. We are expecting rain over the next day or so but the sun was shining this afternoon so we seized the opportunity to take the tandem out for a spin. On the return leg of our out-n-back we stopped to take in the sights; and what pretty sights they were.

 

 

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