Other: red puccoon, red-root
Sanguinaria canadensis L.
Plant Family: Papaveraceae
Where in the world
habitat and range for bloodroot
Bloodroot Powder is native to eastern North America from Nova Scotia, Canada southward to Florida, United States, and west to Great Lakes and down the Mississippi embayment.
Cultivation & Harvesting
considerations for growing and harvesting bloodroot
Sanguinaria canadensis plants are found growing in moist to dry woods and thickets, often on flood plains and near shores or streams on slopes. They grow less frequently in clearings and meadows or on dunes, and are rarely found in disturbed sites.
Blood root prefers moist acidic soil.
Bloodroot propagation is typically done through seed or root division. Seeds are not readily available in large volumes and rootstock is expensive. Bloodroot is easily propagated by dividing the rhizomes in spring or in fall. Plants can be started indoors from seed or seed can be directly sown into the ground, but the rhizome divisions allow for a faster harvestable root.
Most bloodroot is harvested in the fall, but some is harvested in spring. If harvesting in fall, more than likely the leaves will have died back, making it difficult to know where plants are located unless the beds were clearly marked beforehand. Great care should be taken not to damage the roots.
Shake the roots free of soil and carefully remove any roots that are not bloodroot. Bloodroot is very susceptible to mold and should be processed as soon as possible. Wash the roots with a high-pressure stream of water from a hose. All soil must be removed from the roots. This may require breaking some of the larger roots to get them clean.
Once the roots are clean, they are can be dried in a warm place with high airflow. A dehydrator, greenhouse, or room equipped with racks, dehumidifier, heater, and fan is often used. Roots are dried at about 950F, with high air-flow, for approximately three to seven days. Roots must be checked regularly for mold or deterioration. When roots break without bending, they are dry enough to store.
Special attention must be paid to larger roots to be sure they are dried thoroughly. Once the roots are completely dry, they can be stored in burlap sacks, cardboard barrels, or cardboard boxes, in a cool, dark, dry location. They need to be protected from rodents and insects. Dried roots can be stored for two years.
Since bloodroot preparations can also damage healthy skin, they should be used carefully and never on broken skin or sensitive areas, such as the eyelids, lips or genitals.
Limited supply and at risk (use consciously)
Bloodroot Powder is a low-growing woodland herb that grows in the north central United States and the prairie provinces in Canada. The red juice pressed from the fresh root is poisonous when taken internally.
Powder or paste from ground dried root. Can also be administered in extract form.
Specific: Not recommended for internal use. A potential skin irritant. Not to be applied to broken skin. Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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