Rattlesnake Root

White Rattlesnake Root, White lettuce
White rattlesnake root, white lettuce

Happy Anniversary to us for a Flower a Day! Some were wondering what I would choose as a favourite photo to share for this special day for Steven and me. Well here it is! The name, White rattlesnake root* is at once exotic and a little frightening, but the flowers themselves have a lovely soft fragility that I found to be a delight. I hope you like my choice for our 39 years together. Here, below, you see the two of us as we started on our married journey together. We are still soulmates, so grateful that we found each other. Happy anniversary Steven!

Steven and Ellie - Wedding December 11, 1981
Steven and Ellie – Wedding December 11, 1981

*White Rattlesnake Root is so named as it has been used by the First Nations as a poultice against rattlesnake bite, as well as an analgesic and treatment for dysentry.

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12 Responses

  1. well yes from way Down Under the best of wishes for the Anniversary ….
    I got marries 3 months after you BUT …. recycled as I had done it all before 🙂

    We are getting deluged here right now so water water everywhere …:)

  2. Both of today’s shots are beautiful, Ellie. I’m especially fond of the second one. What genus are they? Familias fabulosa? The snakeroot is a wonderful photo too. It’s another member of the aster family. However, this particular species is a classic beauty with its soft draping blooms and delicate tendrils, not to mention that superb mauvish grey colour artistically highlighted by some other bright flower as a backdrop, which also serves to accentuate the dark purple tendrils. Simply stunning. Happy anniversary!

    1. Thanks so much, Janet! I’m so glad you like both of today’s photos. The second is special to me, too. That flower is one of just loved when I saw it. And I saved it for a special day. Which is today. Thank you again. Much love.

  3. Happy Anniversary, Ellie!
    You two look so happy. 🙂
    Agreed with Eleftheria on the flower photo, it is beautiful. I love how you framed them – is that a bloom bokeh behind?

    1. Thank you so much, Brian! We were then and still are. Time flies as I can’t believe it’s been that long.
      The bokeh is just lens bokeh from that Helios, combined with my processing, not blooms. I think these were alone. I’m glad you liked them.

  4. Ohhh Happy anniversary Ellie!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
    As for the flower with the strange name, it’s lovely. Beautiful capture.

    1. Thank you so much, dear Eleftheria! The strange name apparently (thanks to Shelly on Tipua) comes from the fact that the Iroquois Indians made poultice out of the leaves to treat rattlesnake bites.

  5. Thank you very much for that flower of the day. It is a beautiful looking fragile flower. Often wonder why these flowers get their names. Also very happy anniversary to you both

    1. I know, strange about the name! Perhaps the root resembles a rattlesnake? I need to do a little digging to find out.
      And thank you for your kind wishes.


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