I’ve recently grown interested on the matter of the difference between “weeds,” and “flowers.” There’s really no reason behind this wondering, but it brings me some closure and sense of accomplishment to write about it. Any outside thought on the subject?
I realise most of you will scroll past this or take no interest in it…but I enjoy analysing the subject anyway.
After spending some time randomly researching various plants and flowers, I’ve come to wonder exactly what constitutes whether a blossoming plant is a “flower” or a “weed.”
Generally, society deems those plants which spread swiftly and tend to grow where they are unwelcome (amoung other decorative plants) or where they were not intended, as weeds. “Weeds” grow more rapidly, reach maturity quickly, and spread more seeds either through the wind or natural processes. Wild plants are also considered to be weeds; essentially, those that have grown without human aid.
Yet how have these definitions been established? Are there any direct biological differences behind this categorisation? Or are these separate plants actually all part of the same group? Have humans, in their constant need to label and create “order,” created separate categories that, in actuality, are irrelevant?
I plan to study this further. My curiosity has been piqued. I’ve always been interested in plant life, and (if even for simple closure) I want to know exactly how the difference between “weed” and “flower” came to be.
As of this moment, I view each plant as a certain equal specimen of a basic “blue-print” of a type of life. Each blossom and flower, whether wanted or unwanted, quick or slow-growing, or “ugly” or “pretty,” is, essentially a plant. They are all equal life-forms; they are genetically one and the same. Though there may be small differences, each plant is essentially the same sort of blossoming life-form, whose pleasant petals and leaves provide the means for reproduction. Like all species, there will be differences in the variety of a certain type of plant. This does not signify that they are another life-form entirely, and it would be an exaggeration to say so.
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