Flower or Weed?

Flower or Weed?This beautiful flowering weed thing is growing next to my house. The leaves are kind of spindly and ugly, but the flowers are beautiful.

Unexpected surprises. Yet another reason why I like weeds.

8 thoughts on “Flower or Weed?”

  1. Depends on your definition of a weed I guess. If it was unintended, then yes it is probably a weed but by most other definitions I’d call that a flower. Weeds are usually a nuisence.

  2. Geez, Andy, with that definition I’d call grass a weed. It grows non-stop and you have to mow it all the time. And when it’s not growing it’s dying and you have to water it. That’s a nuisance!

  3. Isn’t a weed a plant that, when growing, kills the other plants around it? I thought that was the accepted definition.

  4. What, it kills the other plants around it but not other weeds? Cuz I’ve got a whole freakin’ front yard full of weeds, and they’re definitely not killing each other. ;-)

  5. dictionary.com says a weed is “A plant considered undesirable, unattractive, or troublesome, especially one growing where it is not wanted, as in a garden.”

    So, I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  6. just so everyone knows – that is not a weed. It’s one of the few plants that we bought at a nursery and is actually growing and flowering. i think it is called dalphinium (sp?)

  7. I’m not a lawyer….but I am a proofreader of municipal codes and quite adept at navigating them.

    If it isn’t in the list of noxious weeds listed in Agriculture Rule 1505.0730 of the State of Minnesota Rules, then to be a weed–for legal purposes–it has to be a “useless and troublesome plant….commonly known as [a] weed…..that [is] over eight inches in height.” – Section 45.02 Definitions of Chapter 45, Nuisance Abatement, of the St. Paul Legislative Code.

  8. there should probably have been a *grin* after that last comment. i learn so many interesting things at my new job…..

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