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Lamium purpureum

Purple Dead Nettle
Fine Art Print from the original watercolor paintings by Mira O’Brien, 2021.
The “lawns” of Berlin, which are actually just happily neglected patches of dirt, are purple in the spring; so prolific is the purple dead nettle. A member of the mint family, this medicinal herb has an earthy musty smell and is usually considered a weed, however it has a long history of medicinal use. The dead-nettles, named such for looking similar to stinging nettle yet having no sting, are very important for bees because they are among the first flowers to emerge in spring. 

Spring Botanical Watercolor Print Series

These lusciously painted botanical watercolors depict common weeds that you might encounter growing through the sidewalk, along a train track or behind a building; making their homes even in urban environments. These specimens were all collected and drawn in Berlin during lockdown during a deep exploration of my immediate surroundings. Hidden within the banality of these plants are rich folklores, wondrous medicinal properties and culinary delicacies. These commonly overlooked subjects are often delicate in their details and upon close inspection reveal striking complexities. 

Painted in the Linnean style of botanical illustration (developed incidentally by the artist Georg Dionysius Ehret in the 18th c), the paintings show various parts of each plant. Additional the plants are paired with their pollinators.

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A3+ Fine Art Print 

Paper size 33 x 48.3 cm (13″x19″)

45 Euro

Price includes 19% VAT, does NOT include international shipping.