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Urban Edible/Medicinal Weeds of Northern CA
Urban Edible/Medicinal Weeds of Northern CA

This is an installation view of a project completed as an artist-in-resident at Lobot Gallery in the industrial warehouse complex of West Oakland, CA. The piece showcases 19 of 33 known edible and medicinal plants. Nineteen of the thirty-three were foraged from no more than a 3 block radius of Lobot. Each of the glass vials is supported by one or more colored rubber bands which correspond to the color coded anatomical drawings of internal organs. Pink, for example, demonstrates the plant is good for digestive complaints while yellow can be used for skin irritations, blue for respiratory, etc, etc. Many species can be used for more than one ailment. Some plants include:
Matricaria discoidea Pineapple weed
Calendula arvensis Calendula
Sonchus oleraceus Sow thistle
Lobularia maritime Sweet Alyssum
Raphanus raphanistrum Wild Radish
Capsella bursa-pastoris Shepards purse
Malva neglecta Common mallow
Solanum nigrum Black Nightshade (Parts are very toxic. Be careful.)
Trifolium pratense Red Clover
Portulaca oleracea Purslane
Rubus discolores Himalayan Blackberry