Bloodroot

By William T. Hathaway

Bloodroot

Although long gone now, since the passing of early spring, my favorite wildflower comes to mind. The author and naturalist Neltje Blanchan says of this short-lived springtime blossom: “Here to-day, if there comes a sudden burst of warm sunshine; gone to-morrow, if the spring winds, rushing through the nearly leafless woods, are too rude to its fragile petals — no blossom has a more evanescent beauty, none more lovely.”

See also further explanation of the term “bloodroot.”


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