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 (blŭd′ro͞ot′, -ro͝ot′)
A perennial wildflower (Sanguinaria canadensis) of eastern North American forests, having a single lobed leaf, a solitary white flower in early spring, and a fleshy rootstock exuding a poisonous red sap that can be used as a dye.
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1. (Plants) Also called: red puccoon a North American papaveraceous plant, Sanguinaria canadensis, having a single whitish flower and a fleshy red root that yields a red dye
2. (Plants) another name for tormentil
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(ˈblʌdˌrut, -ˌrʊt)

a North American plant, Sanguinaria canadensis, of the poppy family, having a red root and root sap and a solitary white flower.
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Noun1.bloodroot - perennial woodland native of North America having a red root and red sap and bearing a solitary lobed leaf and white flower in early spring and having acrid emetic propertiesbloodroot - perennial woodland native of North America having a red root and red sap and bearing a solitary lobed leaf and white flower in early spring and having acrid emetic properties; rootstock used as a stimulant and expectorant
genus Sanguinaria, Sanguinaria - one species: bloodroot
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
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What does it do: Bloodroot is one of the traditional medicinal plants of the northern Native Americans that was adopted by the Eclectics, a group of early settler physicians and used to treat a range of ailments.
Bloodroot will dependably produce its waxy white blossoms in early spring, although the plants might go dormant during a drought.
I delight in dainty toothwort, glorious trillium, verdant mayapple leaves, and the brief early flowers of bloodroot. And I look for leeks.
The species ordered included jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum, subsequently AT), bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis, subsequently SC), early meadow rue (Thalictrum dioicum, subsequently TD), wild geranium (Geranium maculatura, subsequently GD), zigzag goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis, subsequently SF), and dutchman's breeches (Dicentra cucullaria, subsequently DC).
His beard was white as bloodroot. On the bar, a stack of flea-bitten books, about orchids no less.
He first served a concoction made of sliced macadamia that looked like cheese mixed with bloodroot and lemon myrtle.
For example; both black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa Nutt.) and blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides Michx.) are in increasing demand for the treatment of gynecological problems, and bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis L.) and wild ginger (Asarum canadense L.) are also marketable.
This is the Sister Sanctuary, and it houses a congregation of endangered and rare woodland medicinals, such as black cohosh, bloodroot, trillium, and ramps.
Sanguinarine is a benzophenanthridine alkaloid extracted from the bloodroot plant Sanguinaria canadensis known to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, antiproliferative, and proapoptotic properties [58].
Sanguinarine is a compound extract from bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) and has been used to treat different diseases [22].
canadensis Common elderberry Sanguinaria canadensis Bloodroot Sanicula odorata Black snakcroot Silene stellata Starry campion Silene virginica Fire pink Smilax hispida (= S.