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Weed Flower  difference between a weed and a flower, other than what an individual gardener thinks is a good or bad plant? My neighbor and I were debating this the other day.

My definition of a weed is a plant that is growing where it is not wanted in the garden. That said, there are plants like creeping Charlie that would be considered weeds, pretty much no matter where they are growing. Different gardeners will have alternate ideas as to what constitutes a “weed” in their gardens. For example, are violets in the lawn weeds or interesting spring color accents? Or is white clover in the lawn a weed or a great plant for attracting pollinators like bees?

There is a biological difference between a weedy plant and an invasive plant. Weedy plants readily spread (some ornamental plants can be weedy/aggressive in the garden too), especially in disturbed areas, but generally do not pose a threat to the integrity of native plant communities. Invasive plants are usually non-native and are able to establish themselves within existing native plant communities; they threaten the integrity of the plant community by taking over and pushing out native plants. When plants are introduced to a new location, either intentionally or accidentally, they can spread prolifically, outcompete native species for resources and eventually even dominate the landscape. Buckthorn is an example of an invasive plant in the Chicago area that creates a dense thicket and shades other plants out.

Some factors common to many invasive plants include: rapid growth and early maturity, production of many seeds, wide dispersal of seeds by birds and wind, seeds that germinate quickly and the ability to reproduce vegetatively.

It is best to use regional resources for guidance regarding which plants are invasive in the area — a plant can be invasive in one region and OK to grow in another. Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii) would be one example. Butterfly bush will grow in the Chicago area but dies out on occasion, so I consider it to be a delicate plant to use in small numbers that’s still an interesting garden addition. However, it is considered to be an invasive plant pest in certain parts of the country, such as Oregon and Washington, and should never be planted there. The Chicago Botanic Garden has an invasive plant policy that can be accessed on the Botanic Garden’s website that offers guidance on plants to avoid using in your garden.

Weeds have really been growing well of late and many gardeners are getting behind. A hand weeder will work well to help you remove weeds’ roots. On occasion, I use a trowel to weed, but this does not work as well when there are a lot of desired plants nearby, since the blade is wider than a weeder. A 1- to 2-inch layer of mulch can help reduce the weed pressure in larger, open areas of your garden. Weeding your garden on a regular basis — such as weekly — will help make weeding less intimidating.

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