Weeds vs. Flowers: What are they?

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Difference between Weeds and Flowers

Who in the world wants weeds? Maybe you fought with your significant other the other day and you want to send that person a make-up gift. One thing is for sure, you are not going to send them a vase full of weeds; unless of course you are not really serious. Of course it is not the ideal gift, more or less, it is going to be a vase full of brightly colored flowers. We are going to be talking about the difference between weeds and flowers and the purposes they serve.


News About Weeds

Weeds are unattractive to most of us. There is no doubt about it. They are more of a nuisance to the green thumb who wants to surround their house or garden with an array of cultivated flowers. Weeds are commonly referred to as unwanted plants that will damage the rest of the garden that has a true aesthetic value. Most of the time, they crowd out and restrict light to the plants you are growing. Weeds have the capacity to spread pathogens that will diminish the quality of your more desirable plants. It is said that they choke the life out of other valuable plants and the weeds themselves have prickles or thorns. 

The Better Choice

You are going to want your apology gift or a gift that shows you are thinking about the person it is being sent to by surprising them with a hand full of blossoming fragrant flowers. Unlike weeds, flowers actually reproduce from each other. They have the equivalent of male and female counterparts. The male pistol and the female stamen must share pollen in order to produce seeds. Pollination is the first step, fertilization leads to the formation and disbandment of the seeds from the plant to grow more like them. There are flowers that one can use as food and others that have medicinal purposes. Thus, humans admire this in these kinds of plants as well as their beauty and aroma. Of course, much has been written and advertised about flowers and their meanings adding to the romance and mystery of these precious gifts from the Earth.

Medicinal Uses

Surprisingly, many flowers and weeds can be used for medicinal and edible purposes.  Although, flowers are dominant and more unique as far as remedies and effects go. It is mainly the primitive cultures that retain a vast amount of information concerning their medicinal uses, especially in the Amazon rainforest. For instance; dandelion leaves and roots can be dried in order to ease the complications of digestion and red thistle is recommended to warm up the body. Many teas and flours are made from the leaves of regional weeds. 

Popular Opinion

The term, "weed" is subjective to the context of how the word is being used. Popular opinion clearly states that weeds are just a plant that grows where it does not belong or where it is not wanted. For example; if a tomato plant accidentally grew in your field of flowers or a garden and you did not want it there, it would be deemed a weed. There are many pretty weeds are there but they are mostly wild plants such as our always friendly neighborhood clover!


  • Do not get your significant other a vase of weeds
  • Flowers are pretty and often fragrant
  • Weed is a subjective name 
  • Both flowers and weeds have edible and medicinal purposes

Which garden fixture attracts more bees?
  • Weeds
  • Flowers

Discuss It: comments 3

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  • Judie wrote on May 2010

I vote flowers. Put away the weed whackers. Just passed through Nebraska and Iowa. Enjoyed the prairies, the birds and wide open expanses.I hope you and I can be different. I hope that we can stretch our roots deep enough that the strongest poison can't reach our souls. I hope that we can overcome the poisons of anger, fear, hate, criticism and competitiveness. I hope that we can see flowers in a world that sees weeds

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  • beachgal wrote on December 2011

i voted for flowers cause flowers are appealig to everyone!

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  • online flowers wrote on October 2012

The information is very interesting and with the help of your post I have come to know about many facts which will help me in future.

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