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How to Tell If a Plant is a Weed

Piglet pulling weed.

Here’s an old gardening adage you might want to apply.

If you’re not sure if a plant is a weed or an ornamental, try to pull it out. If it’s impossible to uproot, it’s a weed. If it comes out of the ground really easily, it is (was) a valuable ornamental. 

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

3 comments on “How to Tell If a Plant is a Weed

  1. Texas might be the weed capitol of the world. Weeds here are sneaky buggers. They disguise themselves with pretty blooms and are quite colorful. I wouldn’t know where to start as far as pulling them out.

  2. Hilarious! As new gardeners, in an entirely new part of the country, in a new hardiness zone, we seem to have perfected that method of identification. 🤣😂🤣

  3. Ha,Ha,.
    Had a grade school teacher who said she pull up a stalk of corn, we protest pulling up corn.
    She said” If it does not belong it is a weed.”

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