Invasive…or Vulnerary?

By Jean Giblette, first published 2013

Invasive, exotic plants are a favorite target of outrage within our public institutions and private gardening clubs. Some of the rhetoric is rather colorful:

Day by day, acre by acre, aliens are quietly spreading throughout America. They arrive by air, in ships, and over highways. They don’t carry identification, and they don’t stop at borders. Despite dozens of vigilant government agencies, including the Department of Defense, on the lookout — they slip in.

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