Many plants we consider weeds, just aren’t which made me wonder what the true definition of the word “weed” is, so I looked it up and here’s what I found:
Main Entry: 1weed
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English wēod weed, herb; akin to Old Saxon wiod weed
Date: before 12th century
1 a (1) : a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth; especially : one that tends to overgrow or choke out more desirable plants (2) : a weedy growth of plants b : an aquatic plant; especially : SEAWEED c (1) : tobacco products (2) : MARIJUANA
2 a : an obnoxious growth, thing, or person b : something like a weed in detrimental quality; especially : an animal unfit to breed from
Now, there’s an ahaa moment for you! So when is a weed, not a weed? When you say it isn’t, that’s when! Under that definition, I’m pretty sure we can all think of atleast one plant in our gardens we would classify as a weed. What immediately came to my mind was the Mint I erroneously placed amongst the roses, and the lemon balm I had no idea would attempt a coup.
A weed is truly in the eye of the beholder!