I love to hear your philosophizing about plants, and I don't think it's wrong to recognize their "magical properties." I for one am tired of hearing a scientific reason for every last thing. Regarding the quest to eliminate all invasive species, I understand the impulse (it borders on a passion with some people) but as I walk in the hills of the SF Bay Area and point my plant ID app at the flowers and grasses I want to learn the names of, I realize that the majority of these are not from here at all. It's a battle that was lost long ago and ultimately we have to believe that "earth abides."

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