My first wildflower of the season. The wildflowers seem late this spring, and during my walk deep in the woods this morning I found only the foliage of the anemone and hepatica. Usually both are blooming by the last two weeks in April. But I did discover a few bloodroot, just beginning to bloom. This tiny flower is still wrapped gently in its leaf–like a dainty maiden with a shawl wrapped protectively around her shoulders.
The plant is native to the southern half of Wisconsin, and a few counties in the northern part as well. It usually blooms in April and May, in woods or the edges of woods. The plant was called bloodroot because it has deep red sap that was used by Native Americans as a dye.