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Plant sketches from a student notebook

by Cyd Nova

Editor’s note: These sketches are taken from Cyd’s plant preparation homework assignments over the 2022-2023 school year. I was struck with the simple beauty of these sketches, the thinking-in-progress that surrounds them, as well as how the sketches grew in shape, form, and complexity over the course of the year.

Stinging Nettle

(Urtica dioica)

November 2022

A swirl of sketched green nettle leaves condenses near the center; image surrounded by the text "adrenal energy, bountiful, vigorous, fertile."


Tulsi/Holy Basil

(Ocimum tenuiflorum)

February 2023

A tulsi plant in flower rises through the center of text describing its properties, including "rich in vitamins and minerals, opens heart and mind, and encourages devotion and gratitude."


Kava Kava

(Piper methysticum)

April 2023

Brilliant kava leaves bordered by glowing gold, surrounded by descriptions including "for painful urination, restless leg syndrome, and relieves fear in the mind."


Cyd Nova is a writer, ecological fanboy, and trans care worker. You can find him on Instagram at @myplantmatchmaker.


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