BOOK REVIEW: Weeds: In Defense of Nature’s Most Unloved Plants by Richard Mabey

Review by Sid Perkins

By Science News, 12:47 PM July 28, 2011

Weeds, according to one definition, are simply plants that are growing in the wrong place. Some have invaded gardens from the surrounding countryside, and others escaped cultivation to infest the landscape. But in almost every case, weeds — whether you think of them as adaptable opportunists or as botanical thugs — thrive in human company.

In a charming paean to plants sometimes ignored and often detested, nature writer Mabey points out that weeds are evolutionarily primed for success: They...

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