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[-] brisk@aussie.zone 18 points 3 weeks ago* (last edited 3 weeks ago)

Are y'all referring to native plants as weeds? I use it pretty much synonymously with "invasive species"

[-] Kolanaki@yiffit.net 19 points 3 weeks ago

The basic definition of a weed is merely any plant growing where you don't want it to. Technically, an apple tree can be a weed if it's somewhere you don't want it to be.

I think the usual definition is closer to "a plant that REALLY wants to be in a space you don't want it to be, and refuses to leave once it's in".

For example, I think it's fairly uncontroversial to call grass a weed. Sure, we like our lawns, but they really want to spread anywhere they can. They are more aggressive than dandelions, and the only reason we hate dandelions more is their taproot.

[-] Ephera@lemmy.ml 4 points 3 weeks ago

My mum refers to dandelions as weeds and they're native here in Europe. They are still rather invasive, as in if you're trying to grow a vegetable garden or something, they'll be all over that in no time, thanks to their floating seeds and hardiness.

But yeah, personally, I don't really get why our vegetable garden needs to be a 100% dandelion-free zone. Heck, you can even use them in salads and whatnot.

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