Invasive, weedy, thorny, prickly
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OK, so there is an unpleasant side to nature

Plant species have evolved with many different ways to annoy us. Some strategies appear to have come about as protection mechanisms from grazing animals. Other strategies appear to be simply species survival through massive reproduction.

For gardeners, the prickly ones tend to be the most annoying. But to native plant enthusiasts the arrival of invasive exotics is enough to call out the troops.

Here's a sampling of plants that are lovely in their native setting, but you may not want in your garden for one reason or another.


   Index to plants that are just no fun


Daucus carota
var. carota

Queen Anne's lace

A childhood delight, perhaps because of its tendancy to pop up everywhere.
Nature's rootstock for our cultivated carrot is Daucus carota var. sativa

Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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