Help identify this plant

Discussion in 'General Food and Foraging Discussion' started by brighteyesLC7, Aug 4, 2011.

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  1. brighteyesLC7

    brighteyesLC7 Member

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    I was in the woods today (New England) and found what I thought was wild ginger. Upon looking it up in my books I discovered it not to be (exactly).

    I did dig up rhizomes- slightly reddish/orange in color. The plant itself stood about 8-10 inches high with one leaf growing off a single stalk. Attached is a pic of the leaf. It covered a HUGE area in a lower/wetter part of the woods.

    Any ideas??

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  2. llatikcuf

    llatikcuf New Member

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    That is Bloodroot. There is considerable variation in leaf shape as you may have noticed for yourself. Should have a red sap. Beware - there are toxicity issues with this plant.
     

  3. rwc1969

    rwc1969 Well-Known Member

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    That leaf is fairly distinct, I agree it's Bloodroot, a medicinal that should be used with caution. There is a lady that goes by HedgeLiving on YouTube and she has a great video on this plant and how it's used medicinally.
     
  4. llatikcuf

    llatikcuf New Member

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    Yes, it can and has been used for various purposes for a long time. I made the "toxicity issues" statement just in case the OP had in mind to eat it just in case it might be wild ginger :D. Another note on the leaves - my experience has been that the younger leaves will start of with just two indentations and as it matures you get more of what is pictured.
     
  5. Emerald

    Emerald Well-Known Member

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    How's your poison ivy rash? cuz that is what the other plant in the picture is-I have several patches of bloodroot in my back yard. My Aunt had us move many plants from where her new house was built... I ended up with trilliums/bloodroot/jack in the pulpits. Some people also get horrible rash when get the bloodroot juice on their skin.
     
  6. brighteyesLC7

    brighteyesLC7 Member

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    Thank you all! I actually found the answer myself last night. No poison ivy :) and I didn't eat it!