Tuesday, 25 August 2009

What's a Puccoon?


The answer to the question posed in tonight's title is: a Puccoon is a wildflower found in the eastern, mainly southeastern parts of North America!

The one pictured above is called a "Hoary Puccoon". What a name! I don't think you could come up with a more unappealing name if you tried. The "hoary" part refers to the woolly texture of the stems and the undersides of the leaves; while "puccoon" refers to the fact that this plant was once the source of reddish-brown dye used by the North American native peoples. When the flowers die, they stay intact on the plant, turning a reddish-brown colour -- this provided the pigment.

This gives rise to the other name the flowers carry "Indian Paint". Actually I prefer the "Hoary Puccoon" name as it is much more fun to say! The Latin name is Lithospermum canescens.





Tonight's other drawing is a simple sketch of "Trumpet Flowers".

This is the wild form of one of the many so-called Trumpet plants. They all contain poisonous chemicals and should be kept away from children and pets. I am presently working on another drawing of a variation of this plant called a Trumpet Creeper. Another name for this plant is Angel Trumpet.

You may recall some of my previous drawings of similar flowers -- all part of the same family of plants. The most recent one, I think, was of a wild form called "Cow-Itch". Another great name!

Well, enough about flowers. I need to get back to work on my icon books.

Peace be with you.

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