A look at five native plants and their relative weeds

A look at five native plants and their relative weeds

Just like camels, what constitutes a weed is definitely in the eye of the beholder. Because a weed is defined as a plant that grows outside of its desired location, the plants you consider to be weeds may differ from what your neighbor might think.

What you consider a weed in one place in your garden may be considered a desirable plant in another. So let’s explore five native plants and their relative weeds.

Indigenous Trio: Weeds or Desirable Plants?

I once heard one of my fellow volunteer gardeners say that she hated our first candidate, the partridgeberry (Michela repens), which is vine-like and ground-hugging. It has white, four-petaled flowers in late winter and early spring and produces bright red berries in the spring and summer that last a long time, often through the winter.

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