In our region, all is quiet in the hardwood forest as the snow melts. The matted leaves remain amongst downfalls and all is brown and gray. But then the magic of nature stirs and suddenly shoots of life emerge. Among the first plants to leaf out and the first to bloom is the Bloodroot or Sanguinaria canadensis. The five to nine lobed leaves and white flowers with eight petals sprout from a reddish rhizome that branches out to form a larger colony each year. These springtime treasures are indeed a welcome sight to the woodland hiker.
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