We call them “weeds” and cast them aside

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The writerAlex Spenser writes from her home in Klamath Falls and says she enjoys the energy and emotions of life. She was educated at Texas A&M University and on the Poetry Circuit of New York City.

A ‘weed” can be a lot more than just a weed

Drought-tolerant plants may become the planet’s salvation


I enjoy my dandelion that grows in the crack of my patio, where nothing else could; bright green foliage and lovely little yellow flowers all through the season.

These dandelions and thistles and what I grew up calling “tickle weed” (a native American grass that when run against your cheek tickles), and the beautiful giant wishes. Those Oregon natives that bloom in purple and yellow and brown, then poof! A giant wish!

And what do we do in payment for the wishes they grant? We call them “weeds” and cast them aside. We even poison ourselves, our ground water and our pets by spraying them with chemicals that kill at the root.

Resilient and beautiful

The native drought-tolerant plants are resilient and beautiful things and now, today, when our neighbors just 20 miles away are being given monetary incentives to take out their lawns because they use so much of our precious water, I was told to remove the plants from my yard.

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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.