Red Puccoon

Biological Name:

Lithospermum canescens (Red-Puccoon)

Natural Habitat:

Red-Puccoon: This plant is a type of wildflower that is native to North America, and it typically grows in moist, rocky, or gravelly areas such as meadows, fields, and roadsides. It can also be found in open woodlands and along streams and rivers.


Red-Puccoon is a low-growing perennial herb with hairy stems and small reddish-purple flowers. It is commonly found in moist shaded areas.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Is sanguinaria canadensis toxic?
A: The bloodroot is TOXIC if used in large doses. Bloodroot contains the poisonous alkaloid Sanguinarine, and the U.S. Food and Drug administration has characterized Sanguinaria canadensis as an unsafe herb. (Mabey, 50). However there have been many uses of the Bloodroot in medicinal practice.

Q: What does bloodroot do for skin?
A: Bloodroot is often used in topical skincare products due to its high antioxidant content. It is considered a treatment for skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis and to debride (reduce) skin growths such as warts, moles, and benign tumors.

Q: Is Hypericum plant poisonous?
A: Tutsan (Hypericum androsaemum) This shrub-like plant likes to grow in damp hedgerows and in woodland. It is in the St. John’s Wort family and though it is of use in herbal medicine, the berries are toxic and should most definitely not be consumed as a food stuff.

Q: What is the deadliest plant poison?
A: Water Hemlock (Cicuta maculata) … Deadly Nightshade (Atropa belladonna) … White Snakeroot (Ageratina altissima) … Castor Bean (Ricinus communis) … Rosary Pea (Abrus precatorius) … Oleander (Nerium oleander) … Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum)

Q: Which sweet smelling plant is highly toxic to humans?
A: Nerium oleander the sweetly scented killer Every part of the plant, from its stem to its sap, is incredibly poisonous if ingested. Even inhaling the smoke from a burning oleander is a health threat.

Q: Why is it called blood root?
A: Etymology. The name “Bloodroot” seems almost inappropriate for this snow-white flower. Its name however describes the bright red underground stem and root system. When cut open, the roots ooze or “bleed” a potent red-orange sap, which is said to stain anything it touches.

Q: What did the Indians use bloodroot for?
A: The antibacterial properties of bloodroot were known to Native Americans who used it to treat wound infections [62] and gangrene [58]. The dry powdered rhizome was also used as an escharotic [63].

Q: Can you drink blood root?
A: Historically, bloodroot was crushed, mixed with other ingredients, and applied as a paste. It could also be dried and consumed as a tea or inhaled as a powder. Now it can be found as an extract used in supplements or added to skin care products ( 2 ).

Q: What happens if you touch bloodroot?
A: Skin contact with the fresh plant can cause a rash. Bloodroot can also burn and erode the skin, leaving an uneven scar.

Q: How much does blood root sell for?
A: Bloodroot plants sell in garden centers and specialty shops in North Carolina from $3.50 to $10.00 each.

Q: Is bloodroot poisonous to humans?
A: Bloodroot is poisonous to both livestock and humans in large doses. Alkaloids are found throughout the plant that affect the nervous system. Ingestion causes vomiting and potentially a fatal coma in those that overdose.

Q: What part of bloodroot is toxic?
A: In bloodroot, the juice is red and poisonous. Products made from sanguinaria extracts, such as black salve, are escharotic and can cause permanent disfiguring scarring.

Q: Why is bloodroot red?
A: Like other members of the poppy family, Papaveraceae, the sap throughout the plant is colored, which may be seen by breaking a vein in the leaf with your fingernail. Red sap oozes from a broken vein in a bloodroot leaf.

Q: What does bloodroot do for the body?
A: Bloodroot is a perennial flowering herb native to eastern North America. It has been used for inflammation, cough, infections, as an antiplaque agent, and for cancer treatment. Sanguinarine, a compound present in bloodroot, was shown to have antimicrobial activity and to inhibit growth of new blood vessels.

Q: Is bloodroot a drug?
A: Sanguinaria canadensis, also known as bloodroot, is a traditional medicine used by Native Americans to treat a diverse range of clinical conditions. The plants rhizome contains several alkaloids that individually target multiple molecular processes.

Q: What is homeopathic Sanguinaria used for?
A: Sanguinaria Canadensis is a homeopathic dilution that relieves hot flashes with periodic headache. The pellets melt in your mouth and can be taken on the go, no food or water needed. They come in an easy dispensing tube of approx. 80 pellets (16 doses).

Q: Can homeopathy cure artery blockage?
A: Homoeopathic medicine helps to slow down the Atherosclerotic process, lower the blood cholesterol to manage the emotional stress. Ayurvedic medicines like Guggulu , Chandraprabha vati, Amalaki, Arjuna, Kutki, Punarnava helps effectively in managing cholesterol and hypertension. Pranayama helps effectively in CAD.

Q: Can homeopathy cure migraine permanently?
A: That is why homeopathic medications may take some time in showing results. They do not offer any temporary relief like most allopathic treatments do. On the other hand, homeopathic medicines offer a long term relief and can cure the migraine problem permanently. Homeopathic medicines for migraine are reliable and safe.

Q: Which homeopathy is best for migraine?
A: Belladonna. This relieves headaches with the feeling of head fullness, and sensitivity to noise and light.Bryonia. … Gelsemium. … Glonoinum. … Ignatia. … Iris versicolor. … Natrum muriaticum. … Nux vomica.

Q: Can homeopathy cure seborrheic dermatitis permanently?
A: Homeopathy offers an excellent treatment for seborrheic dermatitis during all stages. Various homeopathic medicine used to treat seborrheic dermatitis are kali sulphuricum, thuja occidentalis, natrum muriaticum and more.

Q: Can homeopathy regrow new hair?
A: Hair regrowth is 100% possible by homoeopathy. Homeopathy is one field of alternative medicines that is highly effective in promoting hair regrowth and reducing or curing baldness in the process. People with a penchant for having thick dense hair or if they are suffering from baldness can turn to homeopathy for relief.

About the author

Samuel is a gardening professional and enthusiast who has spent over 20 years advising homeowners and farm owners on weed identification, prevention and removal. He has an undergraduate degree in plant and soil science from Michigan State University.