Weed of the year 2019

Happy New Year, everyone! Here’s wishing you all a healthy, fulfilling and joyous 2020!

My new year resolution is to keep a weather diary. And make a rain gauge. I really don’t know if something drastic is happening or it’s just a perception. Did we always have so many cloudy days and so few rainy days before? Going to get me some proper data to compare with that of past years.

And now, it’s time for the awards ceremony. It’s very strange, how every year we have a new weed (or pioneering or opportunistic plant as the permaculture people call them) overrunning the place.
Here is the winner for 2019, now identified as Chromolaena odorata.

Chromolaena odorata may be invasive, but it’s one of the prettiest weeds I’ve met. It has no thorns and is said to have some medicinal properties. So I hope it sticks around and overpowers the lantana and the parthenium. To no one’s surprise, it’s a native of South and Central America.

I often wonder what on earth we grew and ate before Walter Raleigh and his ilk carried potatoes, tomatoes, sapotas, guavas, custard apples and chillies to the Old World. Yes, I know there are lots of indigenous fruits and vegetables, but they lack the joy and glamour of the New World flora. And I wish, while they were at it, they had imported us some llamas and cockatoos and anteaters. We really desperately need some anteaters…