Botanical,  Sketchbook

Shepherd´s purse

Today I was taking care of my garden. And I found Shepherd´s purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) growing around.
I was fascinated by the small pockets, were you can find the seeds. So I took it with me and brought it into the studio.

I started to sketch it with watercolor and ink – which was a lot of fun.

Reading more about this interesting plant, it turned out, that in the past people used the seeds as a pepper substitute. In Asia the Shepherd´s purse is still used in the kitchen. It is still also used in the traditional medicine as a blood-stopper.

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