What is a weed anyways? Does the term pertain to plants which spread in an
aggressive and difficult to control manner or does it refer to any plant
which is considered to be out of place from the point of view of a human
with jurisdiction over a specific location? No doubt that there are different points of
view on these questions, but all plants should be appreciated and understood
and the wild ones which are native to a particular area should be admired
and preserved for posterity!
Wild weeds grow all over the place and these pages feature a bunch of places
where wild weeds can be found. Whether we're talking harsh desert climates or
extreme mountain environments, weeds grow everywhere and they are all
adapted to their specific ecological niche. Looked at another way, a
plant which grows well in one environment often fails to thrive in another.
Understanding these differences can help plant growers do a better job at
selecting plants and taking care of them.
With a name like sneezeweed (Helenium bigelovii) it sounds like it's not just a weed, but some
kind of exceptionally annoying weed which triggers allergies in susceptible
people. There's no doubt that the plant produces somewhat unusual, but
highly attactive flowers. Encountering a group of these plants in full bloom
is a pleasant sight to behold to say the least!