I am one of those people that think weeds are quite beautiful.
Take this one. The pronounceable name is Horsetail Plant. The one I can't wrap my tongue around is Equisetum. Either way you try and pronounce it, at this time of the year they are amazing.
When I started looking into why this plant seems to have a bad name in the plant world, I found out that is has been used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. Treating everything from
kidney problems to tuberculosis. Wow. So what did people from the past know that we don't?
Apparently the stems have a high silica content -- and that is a good thing since silica obsorbs heavy metal from soil content. So let's start putting all this into context.
We have been pretty nasty to Mother Earth over the last few hundred years, dumping all kinds of weird, wild and not so wonderful junk in, on and under her surface. Humans never seem to learn.
And here sits this plant that we kind of sneer at, we call it a "weed" and that label then gives us the right to go out and try to eradicate it from the face of the earth. But all it's doing is quietly adapting and growing and .... flourishing ... doing what it has always done. Trying to save us from ourselves by keeping our soil clean.
I, for one, am humbled by the mere Horsetail Plant.