Herb Walk co-leader Roy Upton strikes an educator's pose next to liriope—often grown for landscaping purposes but also used medicinally as an anti-inflammatory. The plant grows striking blue berries, but the medicinal aspect is found in its tubers.
Eat wild food! Researchers have quantified the body's outsized physiological response when eating wild food over those grown the "pampered life" in row crops.
Herb Walk co-leader Erin Smith explains the many health benefits of yarrow.
The state flower of California is the California poppy. This is not the species processed to make opium. The green grassy hills of California are blooming with poppies at Expo West; so much so that orange splotches could be seen from the airplane descending into the Orange County airport.
The orange sunflowery flower calendula is so named because it blooms every month of the year. It is used topically for skin care.
The walking tour did not officially stop to talk about the barrel cactus, but they are so interesting that we couldn't help but take a picture!
Some plants, such as the East Cape Poker, are available for purchase at the Fullerton Arboretum.
Erin Smith explains the story around chaparral, which is an aromatic herb used to help the liver digest fats properly. It was also the plant responsible for burning much of the area around Malibu at the end of 2018.
Roy Upton talks plants to the group under a valencia orange tree. This is the fruit that made a name for Orange County.
Expo West 2019 herb walk attendee Jen Taylor stands next to the eponymous Orange County valencia orange tree.