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Photo Copyright Karen Shelton 2000
(Sanguinaria canadensis)

Also called redroot, bloodroot grows in eastern woodlands, often together with Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) and Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum biflorum). Valued for its root, bloodroot has been used historically to reduce tumors. Research focusing on its role in cancer reduction is underway. Also, the main plant extract has been incorporated into toothpaste and mouthwash for years due to its ability to reduce plaque and gingivitis.

Cultivation: Although the plant is chiefly wildcrafted, cultivation is being attempted on a small-scale, experimental basis.

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Last Updated: 4/4/02