Bloodroot is a common spring wildflower found in the Southern Highlands of Appalachia. The flowers typically grow no higher than 6 to 7 inches high.
The white bloom stands out against the starkness of early spring.
I fell in love with bloodroot shortly after The Deer Hunter and I were married. After all these years, I still have a hard time deciding if I like the blooms better or the green lobed leaves that grow bigger and bigger after the blooms are gone.
The wild plant progresses in an amazing way.
In the beginning you see little white heads poking their way through the ground. Seemingly overnight the flowers open wide with their cheery faces looking towards the heat of the sun with their leaves hugged up close to keep them warm from the cold spring wind.
The pretty blooms don’t last long. One day they’re there-the next it’s like a small creature came along and picked each white petal off, leaving only the pointy stamen behind to show where the flower grew.
The lobed leaves grow larger and larger after the blooms fall away, but by mid summer there isn’t a trace of Bloodroot left. The entire plant dies back to sleep till next year’s spring awakens it again.
Bloodroot gets it’s name from the red liquid found in it’s roots and stems. In days gone by the plant was used in medicinal remedies.
I look forward to the beauty of bloodroot every year. I marvel as it’s petals fall off and it’s leaves open wide in welcome of spring of the year.