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Herbal medicine
(1) Erect cinquefoil, see there; Potentilla erecta.
(2) Sanguinaria canadensis, Indian paint, red puccoon, red root, tetterwort. A perennial plant, the roots and rhizones of which contain alkaloids (e.g., berberine, chloryethrine, copticine, proptopine and sanguinarine); it is a strong expectorant and emetic, and was once used internally for asthma, bronchitis, cancers, colds, lung congestion and sore throats.
It should not be used in pregnancy. The FDA lists it as unsafe.

See Sanguinaria.


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Sanguinaria canadensis; purported uses include as an expectorant and carminative. Although used in therapy for skin cancers, severe adverse effects have been reported (e.g., sudden complete destruction of healthy tissue). Although use in periodontal care has also been reported, bloodroot is toxic if swallowed. The FDA has listed it as unsafe in ingested substances.
Synonym(s): Indian paint, red puccoon, redroot, tetterwort.


n Latin name:
Sanguinaria canadensis L.; part used: rhizome; uses: expectorant, antifungal, antiplaque, antiinflammatory, anti-microbial, skin cancer, ear cancer, nose cancer, nasal polyp; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children, deep wounds, labeled as unsafe by the FDA skin irritations; can cause hypotension, shock, coma, headache, nausea, and anorexia. Also called
coon root, Indian paint, paucon, pausan, red puccoon, redroot, sweet slumber, or
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Canadian bloodroot is certainly among the most attractive of any garden plants.
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The first major wave of wildflowers arrives beneath the maple flowers: bloodroot, twinleaf, hepatica, violet cress and spring beauties.
Think spring by making a woodland garden using shade-tolerant wildflowers such as bloodroot, bleeding hearts (short and tall), marsh mallow, Solomon's seal and wood phlox.
The flower borders have all been raked over and tidied before the bulbs push through; large drifts of blue chinodoxa reflect the blue sky on a sunny day, some daffodils are now out, snowflakes and snowdrops still flowering in the shadier places and there are clumps of Iris reticulata, double bloodroot, dark hellebores and the curious green flowers of Hacquetia epipactus.
He pointed out bloodroot, American ginseng, mayapple and witch hazel--just some of the plants he cultivates.
Some easy-to-grow spring ephemerals are bloodroot, woodland phlox, Virginia bluebell, shooting star, Solomon's seal, Jacob's ladder, fire pink, trillium, and foamflower.
We haul out our loot, passing through a low spot in the valley where a dozen varieties of spring wildflower bloom--trillium, bloodroot, jack-in-the-pulpit, wood anemone, blue cohosh, May apple and goldenseal.
The Canadian bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis is a miniature member (4in tall) of the poppy family, with numerically correct many petals, forming puffy crystalline white blooms.
Encouraged by this successful marking program, resource managers at Blue Ridge Parkway, Shenandoah, Mammoth Cave, Cumberland Gap, and several Canadian provincial parks are attaching similar signature markers to ginseng and other high-dollar poaching targets such as goldenseal, black cohosh, blue cohosh, bloodroot, lady's slipper orchids, lilies, trillium, and galax.
Companion" plants that indicate a good site include Jack-in-the-pulpit, bloodroot, Solomon's seal, jewel weed, galax, trillium, wild yam, hepatica, black cohosh, and wild ginger.