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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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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.
 

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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.
 
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