A couple weeks ago when we were enjoying our first real spell of spring weather, I noticed this small white flower blooming at the edge of the lawn. A seemingly unremarkable flower at first glance, bloodroot is a powerful plant.
Called bloodroot due to its propensity for excreting reddish sap when cut, Sanguinarea canadensis has many properties, including antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, that have been used to mitigate tooth plaque and gingivitis; treat coughs and sore throats; and cause vomiting and empty the bowels. Bloodroot has also been used as a dye.
While I have never used this plant myself, knowing its myriad uses always makes me appreciate it more!