Clover, plantain, and other useful plants are right in your backyard!

Red clover (Trifolium pratense) and common plantain (Plantago major)

The summer issue of the Coop Scoop has a really great article about the nutritional and medicinal uses of some of the most common backyard plants. How does a dandelion green and violet blossom salad with red clover vinaigrette sound? And those weedy plantains taking over your yard could come in handy the next time you get stung by a bee. In fact, while I was creating this illustration, I discovered a spider bite. Sure enough, there was plenty of plantain right outside my studio, so I mashed the leaves into a paste to put on the bite. It helped the itching AND made my leg green!