Most gardeners do not find weeds attractive, but rather a nuisance that has to be constantly kept under control. However beauty is in the eye of the beholder as the saying goes so if you take the time to look at the five weeds described you will see that they do indeed have pretty flowers. These weeds also have other benefits as Cynthia Sageleaf explains in her article which I found on the Dengarden website.
When I moved to western North Carolina from Colorado, I couldn?t believe how different it was. Compared to Colorado, I may as well have moved to a rainforest! It?s not really a rainforest where I live, but it?s moist and lush, and a lot of biodiversity exists because of the rain and warmth, especially in the summer.
I moved to an area with about five acres and that first summer, I noticed lots of blooming plants that I usually didn’t see in Colorado. Having an interest in biology, my inner scientist went to work and began investigating. I found that in and around my yard, I have so many useful ?weeds? and plants growing.
1. Chicory: Cichorium intybus
This weed caught my attention because it has showy little blue flowers on tall stalks in the spring and summer. It likes to grow in full sun and it decorates the roadsides with a beautiful display of color.
2. Black-eyed Susan: Rudbeckia fulgida
You might be familiar with this plant. Indeed, black-eyed Susan is the state flower of Maryland.
The golden flowers with their dark centers bring a floral ray of sunshine to my day. My husband wonders what ?Susan? did to get a ?black eye.?
Sometimes this flower is called brown-eyed Susan.
In the past, Native Americans used the root of this plant to treat earaches, snakebites, intestinal worms, skin lesions, and even venereal disease.
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