When is a Weed not a Weed?

Weeds are flowers too once you get to know them .

This is Eutrochium Purpureum a.k.a. Joe Pye Weed.

So the botanical name sounds quite grand but calling this attractive plant a weed seems unfair. It is native to central and eastern North America. It is a tall beauty in my garden and I see it every day from the kitchen dining table. So I guess A.A. Milne was right. It is a flower, now that I know it, and it is a loved flower.

A weed is but an unloved flower

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Having now moved it up from Weed to Flower I think it qualifies for Cee’s Flower of the Day challenge.


12 responses to “When is a Weed not a Weed?”

  1. cigarman501 Avatar

    My wife believes anything that puts off the smallest bloom, even one, is to be cultivated. We have a beautiful “weed” filled yard.

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      I would like your yard!😀

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  2. Eugenia Avatar

    It’s a beautiful flower. I love dandelions and don’t feel they deserve to be called a weed, as well.

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  3. Michele Lee Avatar

    Great quote by a talented poet and beautiful photo!

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      Thank you so much Michele 💓

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  4. Neal Saye Avatar

    Wilne and Wilcox are brilliant. I have never liked the derogatory name “weed.”

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  5. nesfelicio Avatar

    I am a fan of “wild flowers.” This is beautiful.

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      Thank you.I think it is a lovely flower.

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  6. Lillian-Keith Avatar

    Aw, nice to know it’s getting some love today 🙂

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  7. anne leueen Avatar

    Thank you Cee. I agree!


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