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Loathed by farmers and gardeners and no doubt people that aren't either, just for their name alone.
They’re persistent, competitive and cursed at.
They have the ability of spreading rapidly, and pop up when least expected.
Even Shakespeare has gotten into the act:
"Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground."
From the Old English. A plant considered undesirable, unattractive, or troublesome, especially one growing where it is not wanted, as in a garden.
Even the word itself, weed, means to eradicate and we spend billions every year attempting to do just that.
There are about 250,000 plant species around the world, and about 8000 of them are weeds.
Although it gets confusing at times as to what is and what isn't.
Undaunted in the face of so much cursedness, Richard Mabey's article in The Wall Street Journal is entitled “Why we Should Love Weeds.”
In fact, he has written an entire book about them:
Such devotion to the cursed underdog should not go unrecognized or unappreciated.
He cites the Corn Poppy, (technically an agriculture weed) whose symbolic meaning is well known from the World War 1 poem, “In Flanders Field.”
When the U.S. sprayed 12 million tons of Agent Orange in Vietnam, it was a tough grass called Cogon that thrived during the devastation.
Weeds, Mabey writes, shouldn’t be judged by the most aggressive members, “They green over the dereliction we have created. They move in to replace more sensitive plants that we have endangered. Their willingness to grow in the most hostile environments — a bombed city, a crack in the wall — means that they insinuate the idea of wild nature into places otherwise quite shorn of it.”
Weeds are pernicious.
They're plucky and persevering too.
Maybe they remind ourselves of our worst characteristics.
Just maybe, our best ones too.
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Should we appreciate weeds more?