A species of Datura (jimsonweed), a highly invasive alien, outcompeting almost everything on a long swath of riverbank
Back when I was a Master Gardener, there were some frequently asked questions that would drive me crazy. One was “how do I get rid of moss in my lawn?” My (secret) answer was “why would you want to? get rid of the lawn, instead”. But of course I couldn’t say that.
left, Deptford pink (Dianthus armeria), and right, nodding star of Bethlehem (Ornithogallum nutans), escaped garden ornamentals; I see more of them every year
Another annoying question was “is this a weed or a plant?” That’s a little tricky to answer because, well, of course it’s a plant, but whether or not it’s a weed is in the eye of the beholder. It’s a value judgement. It’s a little like saying you don’t want to eat something because it’s full of chemicals. Well, of course it’s full of chemicals. Show me a substance that isn’t.
Anyway, as I was struggling my way through a dichotomous key, it occurred to me to try to create one as a learning exercise. It became a joke. I’m quite pleased how many “shares” it’s gotten after posting it to a certain facebook group page… Hope you get a chuckle out of it.