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4241Re: [pfaf] Re: Yarrow

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  • Gail Lloyd
    Jul 17, 2009
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      One of the most notable "weeds" that are excellent to eat or make into tea are dandelions. 
      The whole plant is edible: roots, leaves, flowers....very medicinal also.

      --- On Thu, 7/16/09, leifweaver <leifweaver@...> wrote:

      From: leifweaver <leifweaver@...>
      Subject: [pfaf] Re: Yarrow
      To: pfaf@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Thursday, July 16, 2009, 2:29 PM

      Many plant identification guides have "weed" as a classification. It does not mean that the plant is not edible, medicinal, or useful, but it means that it is a ruderal that was not intentionally planted. A "weed" guide is useful for identifying plants in fields and along the edges of roads, etc. From Wikipedia's definition of weed:

      "Generally, a weed is a plant in an undesired place.
      Weeds may be unwanted for a number of reasons: they might be unsightly, or crowd out or restrict light to more desirable plants or use limited nutrients from the soil. They can harbor and spread plant pathogens that infect and degrade the quality of crop or horticultural plants. Some weeds are a nuisance because they have thorns or prickles, some have chemicals that cause skin irritation or are hazardous if eaten, or have parts that come off and attach to fur or clothes.
      The term weed in its general sense is a subjective one, without any classification value, since a "weed" is not a weed when growing where it belongs or is wanted. Indeed, a number of "weeds" have been used in gardens or other cultivated-plant settings."

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