by Carl Strang
Today’s focus is on two weeds that, viewed as objects, have to be regarded as beautiful if we can separate that out from their negative associations. The first is common burdock.
Apart from its edibility if properly prepared, there isn’t much positive to say about this Eurasian import. But look at the burs up close.
The second species, this one from India, is velvetleaf.
Velvetleaf is not as undesirable as burdock. It pops up quickly when bare soil appears, and perhaps has the positive effect of holding such soil together. In any case, it’s a competitive wimp that quickly is pushed out of the way by the next wave of plant colonists.
Such structures are worth a few moments’ appreciation, and are among the many rewards of winter wandering in the landscape.