Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Rue Anemone

Bloodroot

Our Rue Anemone and Bloodroot are just about ready to pop. Rue Anemone are beautiful, native woodland sunflowers always remind me of my childhood home in Stillwater, where they grew in thick stands along the oak-shrouded hills of Long Lake. I rescued those in my garden from my parent's yard, just prior to my father mowing them down.

Rue Anemone so easy to seed that I assumed that these hardy annuals were actually perrenials until Wayne from Kinninatives set me straight on the subject. Native Americans were said to use the mildly poisonous roots in tea to settle the stomach.

Bloodroot, meanwhile, always remind me of my early spring trips to William O'Brien State park, with its seasonal wetlands, noisy Peepers, and clumps of Bloodroot, Rue Anemone, and Marsh Marigold.

1 comment:

Lynne said...

I remember learning about bloodroot in the second grade on a field trip to Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. To this day it's the first wildflower I look for in the spring.