Let us suppose a wheat farm in western Kansas is abandoned, not an unusual event over the last 100 yr. For the first year or two after abandonment, the fields are covered with massive stands of sunflowers and Russian thistles (Salsola kali L., vr. tenuifolia Tausch). These two species, the former native and the latter alien, are on everyone’s weed list. But, the people have left and gone to town; there is nobody around to dislike them. Have they stopped being weeds? As a matter of fact, the weeds have now become useful plants in stabilizing the soil, preventing wind erosion, and reducing water erosion. It is true that weeds are often unwanted, but that is not what makes them weeds…
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