Wed, Aug 19 | Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve

Traditional Plant Uses of Santa Clara Valley - Soap Plant

Yes, soap plant is edible but did you know our first peoples created what's called a soaproot brush from them?
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Traditional Plant Uses of Santa Clara Valley - Soap Plant

Time & Location

Aug 19, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT
Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve

About the Event

For thousands of years our first peoples such as the local Ohlones and Miwoks made soaproot brushes from the bulbs of soap plant (Chlorogalum pomeridianum), and they still do today. 

The brushes are used to clean baskets, sweep acorn meal from mortar and have many other uses. The bulbs can grinded to stun fish, and used as a washing detergant that additionally rids dandruff. Young leaves can be eaten and used to wrap soap plant before being roasted on hot rocks in earth ovens.

Once you register a Zoom link with password we'll be emailed to you. 

This event is presented by Saved By Nature in partnership with Open Space Authority in an effort to bring you virtual nature from the safety and comfort of your home.

A donation is suggested https://www.savedbynature.org/donate.

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