Wednesday, April 24, 2013


 the parts don't seem to go together
delicate white blossom
gold surprises
leaves huge and weirdly wrapped,
flower hiding out, then
hiding under
then gone
 and then
huge fat leaves
almost tropical
but deep underground
like an old arthritic finger
a fat, red twig-thing
bleeds orange when broken
big winds again tonight
and i dyed some shifu.


Judy Martin said...

I didn't know that this was blood root. You learn something every day.
Thank you.

india flint said...

i love this plant...won't grub it out of the wild, but i've been lucky enough to find it exposed on road-cuttings, where roadworkers have been which case i gather up before it goes to waste

Velma Bolyard said...

judy, it's a sweet little secret thing.
india, yes, these were taken from roadside places and planted in my perennial garden. i have a great spot that is constantly reproducing itself because the road crew is always hacking the place up. do you have it in oz?

Anonymous said...

they're like little sushi wraps. my flowers are all finished.

Valerianna said...

Such a curious plant... love the leaves, so distinctive, I usually think of them a bit like coltsfoot, both sharing those rather large leaves. Coltsfoot, however, doesn't quite have such an amazing flower.

ronnie said...

well you've certainly piqued my interest... I wonder if these are available/allowed in oz? what a wonderous little plant

leFiligree said...

what a glad sight. i cannot wait for spring to fling up in these parts

Jenny said...

Velma, your bloodroot photos are beautiful and no, we don't have it growing naturally in Australia. It's a N American native in the poppy family which isn't indigenous here. But perhaps people in colder climes such as Tasmania do/could grow it, lucky them if so. Lovely to see your pics of it. Jenny in Oz.

Fiona Dempster said...

Oh it's back! I remember its appearance last year and being somewhat enthralled by all that it could do...

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, i was so jealous when yours were blossoming!
bloodroot was a little behind coltsfoot here this year (every year?), but i have a special love for this plant-who knows why?
ronnie, jenny answered your question...but as to if it's allowed in oz, i don't know. thanks, jenny
joni, you've had real alaska weather this year!
fiona, it really is that sort of plant.

Barry said...

V- the bloodroot never disappoints - pushing beauty up through the debris. B

layers said...

how wonderful to see a flower open up from bud to full bloom.. have not heard of a bloodroot before. thank you for leaving a comment at my blog post on artist block.. very supportive.

Velma Bolyard said...

yes, barry, and i found a new spot of it today!
donna, it's a grand tiny thing. and you're welcome, but it's also a necessity to remember to honor the dryness.

neki desu said...

nature unfolding. with the promise of dye to come.

Velma Bolyard said...

neki, yep!

mansuetude said...


Velma Bolyard said...

m, thanks

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