Species unknown. A dry plant with pods, found in a fifteenth century olive grove about 20 miles northwest of Nice, France. It was standing shyly in tall grass, its seeds long since carried away by wind and birds; the Alps of Italy were visible to the east, and the Mediterranean could be seen to the south. Less than a hundred yards away were the weed-grown ruins of a Knights Templar stronghold, and somewhere off to the south, 10 miles or so, ran the remnants of the Aurelian Road from Rome around the sea to Spain. —Henry Evans
230 copies were printed and sell for $100.00 each.
Cirsium occidentale var. occidentale. Drawn just off Spring Mountain Road about 5 miles east of St. Helena in Napa County, California. This thistle grows commonly on dry slopes in the Coast Ranges of California, blooming from April through July. It was a hard choice as to how to present this adamant and perhaps even aggressive shape. I finally decided to do it in the brown monochrome of fall and winter (415) and also in full color for early summer (416), so you can have it either way. —Henry Evans
245 copies were printed in brown (not shown) and sell for $50.00 each. 300 copies were printed as shown and sell for $100.00 each.
Macrocystis integrifolia. Drawn from living specimens collected near Bodega Bay, California, by Norma Lang and Jon and Delia Krupp from the University of California at Davis. This print was used as the cover illustration for Selected Papers in Phycology II, published by the Phycological Society of America. —Marsha Onomiya Evans
135 copies were printed and sell for $50.00 each.
573 Poison Oak
Toxicodendron diversilobum. About half of the people who come in contact with it are allergic to this troublesome but very attractive plant. It is found in western North America, from British Columbia to Baja California. It thrives in many habitats below 5,000 feet, but it does best in woodlands and in partly shaded areas, like our hillside forest overlooking the Napa Valley. Henry drew this image just a few yards from our house. —Marsha Onomiya Evans
125 copies were printed and sell for $100.00 each.
Cichorium intybus. There are about nine different species of chicory, all of them originating in the Mediterranean region. This one has been, and still is, used as an adulterant of, and as a substitute for, coffee. When grown for this purpose, the root is sliced, dried, and ground into a powder. The use of chicory in coffee resulted in what could politely be called an acquired taste. The color, form, and beauty of the plant are quite another matter. Chicory made its way across the country in good company, and it now adds a touch of class to the California roadsides. —Henry Evans
110 copies were printed and sell for $100.00 each.
578 Yellow Star-Thistle
Centaurea solstitialis. First described by Linnaeus in his Species Plantarum, in 1753. Although it is native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean, it has made its way to America and has spread to the far corners of our country. Jepson had a few fairly unfriendly words to say about this plant: He said that it was "an objectionable alien" and that "its aggressive spread continued steadily." On the other hand, small birds love its seed, bees love its nectar, and botanical artists love its color and form. —Henry Evans
129 copies were printed and sell for $100.00 each.
612 Noxious Weed
Species unknown. Henry drew this weed under a hot summer sun in Ukiah, California. This little plant and others like it were growing almost as a ground cover on an uncultivated portion of a one-acre garden belonging to my Aunt Holly and Uncle George. Henry showed his drawing to three people in Ukiah, inquiring as to the identity of the plant. None of them knew the botanical name of the plant, but all three of them called it a noxious weed. Henry decided that "noxious weed" would be a great title for the print. —Marsha Onomiya Evans
91 copies were printed and sell for $50.00 each.
629 Sea Grapes
Botryocladia pseudodichotom. During Henry's 31 years as a printmaker, most of his linoleum-block prints were of botanical specimens from the earth. The few exceptions included water lilies and two "seaweeds." It is interesting that the last print that Henry made was of this atypical subject. Perhaps he chose it because we were living in the middle of the California wine country, and Henry thought that sea grapes would be an amusing addition to the various prints of wine grapes that he had made throughout the years. —Marsha Onomiya Evans
99 copies were printed and sell for $50.00 each.