“Plants that are deemed invasive often come with names that point to other places: Scotch broom, Japanese knotweed, Persian hogweed, Himalayan blackberry. Their naming embroils them in nationalistic anxieties around borders and racialization that are really quite removed from the interests of plants.

Though such names paint them as encroaching foreigners, when it comes down to it, a plant’s status as a weed has nothing to do with where it is from, but rather whether it enriches or disrupts the things that are of value in a white, capitalist culture that assumes itself to be natural and native.

A plant becomes a weed when it threatens intensive farming and industrial agriculture practices.

Or, it becomes a weed when it disrupts notions of a pristine and unchanging wilderness, untouched and available for consumption/colonization.”

From Green Lines by Stacey Ho