Although some weeds are considered invasive, others have medical uses, provide animal habitat, and can be eaten by both humans and livestock. That's why it's important to identify plants first before deciding to get rid of them.
I enjoy driving in rural areas and seeing fields left in a natural state. When I see an interesting weed, I photograph it and then try to identify it. I have discovered that some weeds are really useful!
Of course, there are many more flowering weeds than what I've featured here. These are just the weeds I have photographed myself. I know I'll find more as I continue to the countryside. ~~ Burntchestnut
blackspanielgallery and jptanabe - I love walking around outdoors and taking photographs. Later, I often have to research to find the names of some plants and what they're used for.
Lovely photos! I see several of these flowering plants around where I live and particularly enjoy the honeysuckle and thistles.
It is amazing how plants considered weeds can produce beautiful flowers.
I've been wondering about Queen Anne's lace for years now. I finally know what it is. And yes, it does look like the carrot plant.
I've identified about half of these weeds here as well. It was good to read about the other ones as well (and I've learned some new things about the ones I knew, too).
candy47 - these photos were all taken on my sister's property in east Tennesee. I have lived in southern Illinois, too, and some of them were there, too, but not all. I'm in south Texas now so I see different flowering weeds.
Growing up in New Jersey I saw lots of clover, honeysuckle and Queen Anne's lace. I used to dye Queen Anne's with food coloring, it made a pretty bouquet. Lovely article.
Many of these "weeds" are used in Xeroscaping here in Colorado gardens. Loved your article.
frankbeswick - we had parakeets when I was young and my mother picked some weeds to get the seeds for them to eat, The weeds looked like tall grass and had seeds all along the stems, I don't know what they was called, though.
This was a very informative article. As I am in Britain some of these plants are new to me, though some are found over here. Jimson weed is one of which I had never heard.
When I had chickens I sometimes used to collect seeds from dock plants and feed them to the birds. They enjoyed them, so here is one sometimes overlooked use for prolific seeders.
These are really pretty photos! I have Hall's honeysuckle growing along my back fence. It is invasive, but a pretty plant nonetheless. The only weeds I get rid of are the thistles or ones with thorns. Any others, such as dandelion or Queen Anne's lace, I simply enjoy.