Sanguinaria canadensis-
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Background-
Native Americans, early settlers and herbal practitioner used Saguinaria Canadensis for medical reasons. The plant was used as a dye and for an herbal remedy by the natives. A break in the surface of the plant mostly in the roots will produce a reddish sap.


Uses-
Bloodroot can be used to treat ringworm, warts, fungus, anesthetic properties and bronchial infection. Bloodroot is also a narcotic and could be fatal if overuse. It can also be used as an insect repellent. It is also now used as an anti-cancer agent mostly for the treatment of skin cancer

Plant-

  • Height: 6-12 inches
  • Flower size: 1-1/2 inches wide
  • Flower color: white
  • Leaf: pale green, palmate, lobed, basal leaf
  • Roots: thick, tender, and has a tuber which contains a red juice
  • Stem: is round, often orange or red when mature
  • Fruit: a two part capsule pointed on both ends with a row of seeds in each half.



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Websites:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloodroot
http://2bnthewild.com/plants/H261.htm