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This second medium scale print celebrates the migratory Monarch butterfly whose larval food-plants, the milkweeds, have been depleted to critically low levels by herbicides. The population of monarchs that spends its summers in the Carolinas, undertakes an incredible multi-generational migration every year to forests in Mexico where they overwinter. Plants like echinacea provide them with rich sources of nectar for this journey. As well as Echinacea purpurea, the most common of the coneflowers, this design features Echinacea leavigata, an endangered coneflower native to North Carolina.
Carolina parakeet patchwork cushion
This unique and beautiful patchwork cushion, made by Kate Coleman, features as its central image a Carolina Parakeet. This beautiful bird, once the northernmost parrot in the world, dwindled down to the last known specimen which perished in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1918. The parakeet is reaching towards cockleburs, a plant which lent the parakeets its toxicity, so that cats who ate the parakeets died. Also in this design is a yellow-bellied sapsucker, a monarch butterfly with its milkweed larval foodplant, and in the lower right corner, just for fun. the pucker-butt chile, which is the hottest chile pepper in the world, and is from South Carolina.
Grass of Parnassus patchwork cushion
This unique and beautiful patchwork cushion, made by Kate Coleman, features as its central image the Grass of Parnassus, a plant native to the new Amphibolites Reserve in North Carolina. Other details are from the Carolina Posies collection and combine pale yellow and greens creating a fresh and spring-like palate.