What’s in bloom: April ephemerals (Bloodroot) in West Chicago Il

April 11, 2014 by MAX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Once thought to have medicinal properties, quite toxic.

 

Many parts of this fleeting beauty are toxic. The root exudes a red-orange juice, once used for dyes, and the plant was used for many medicinal applications. There is on-going  research as to it’s possible benefits. Once pollinated – all gone, sometimes in as little as a few days. Great attractant for early pollinators!


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