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Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is one of the flowers that emerges early in the spring, here in Southern Appalachia, before the midstory and canopy leaf out.  We call these plants "spring ephemerals" because they flower early and for a short time.  It seems like that habit is to fill that particular window of time when the sun is strong on the forest floor.  They front-load the work of photosynthesizing then, and store those sugars in their growing roots.


Bloodroot does have a bright red-orange root, which has been used for medicine and as a dye when the plant was more abundant (and herbalism was more culturally prevalent).  The plant is now on many people's no-pick lists, as it's vulnerable and has suffered population loss.


Original painting from the Ephemera calendar series (2016-2018).  Black walnut ink and pen on paper.  Approx 9.5 " x 12.5".


For a limited time!!!  WHOLESALE FRAME OPTION:

If you would like to upgrade your purchase to the framed piece, for a limited time I'll be offering a flat 80$ framing fee.  This is a wholesale framing price; I will use my local framer's chop shop for artists to frame the work for you before shipping.  After adding this painting to your cart, find the "80$ Frame" item in my shop, and add to your cart.  


If you do not elect the 80$ frame option, piece will ship flat, unframed, between board.  


More about the Ephemera sale and where the proceeds will go:

Bloodroot (black walnut ink painting)