Tropical Gardening: A weed is often something of value

  • Courtesy of NORMAN BEZONA Most plants have value if we open our minds. Visiting Medellin, Colombia, we often saw fountain grass used as a landscape plant. In drier regions of Hawaii, it covers vast areas of raw lava land where it is a pioneer species. Unfortunately, it can be a hazard, when careless activities cause fires such as last week’s burn in the Waikokoa area.

A weed can be defined as any plant growing in the wrong place. Perhaps an even better definition, though, is a weed is a plant for which we haven’t found value.