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The Bloodroot

Often found growing just above the high-water mark along rivers. It likes the shade. I read (Roland) that it is common around Truro; scattered in Cumberland County; and in Cape Breton, along the Margaree, it forms great carpets. It is a relatively early spring flower and probably not to be found beyond May. The roots are poisonous, however, the red juice was prized by the natives as a dye and used for baskets, clothing and war paint, -- as well, as for an insect repellant.

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Peter Landry

2011