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.

 

 

8 thoughts on “Sanguinaria

  1. Nice pictures, especially the second. I looked up this species and found that in Texas it grows only in a few counties in the far east, which explains why I’ve never seen it. I was taken with the same thing M. Hatzel commented on, the alternating arrangement of larger and smaller petals.

  2. Interesting that something so simple and lovely could be so toxic! Beautiful images…as usual!

  3. Nice. Now this is something else I’ve never seen before, either. Amazing petals, with four larger and four smaller; I don’t think I’ve ever seen this before.

    • Sorry, that was rambling a bit. I hit the button as my husband was talking to me. I’ve never seen petals configured that way, is what I was trying to say.

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