100 Days Project

Jacinda: Inkweed

100 black ink drawings of common New Zealand garden weeds (plants found growing where they are not wanted). The drawings, made on A4 paper, will loosely depict the plants' essential characteristics. Where possible I will identify them using the Massey University Weed Database and other online sources. On completion I will output all the drawings as one large poster on photorag paper.

Day 47:

Sow thistle / Puha

Botanical name: Sonchus oleraceus
Family name: Asteraceae

Sow thistle is an annual weed which can establish at any time of the year. It has a vague similarity in appearance to thistles while young, though doesn’t have spines like true thistles. It is also known as puha, and is eaten by some people as a vegetable. Although known as a food favoured by some Maori people and having an alternative Maori name it isn’t native to New Zealand, as it comes from Europe. (Massey University Weeds Database).