From Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, 1594:
'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What's Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself.
Accessed December 28, 2007
...but, a weed by any other name, some may call noxious, invasive, or, still others may call it medicine...
Many so-called weeds are medicinal plants. Still, noxious weeds are a major problem...http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/bmnri/weeds.htm
It becomes an ethical problem to balance the different needs together with the use/abuse of weed-killers. Did you know many "weed-killers" also kill trees?
If you are interested in weed science, you might want to check out the following link:
Dr Xiaorui ZhangClayton College of Natural Health
Traditional Medicine, Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy (EDM)
Fax: +41 22 791 4730
Some books you might enjoy:
- National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers : Eastern Region
- Complete Guide to Medicinal Herbs by Penelope Ody
- The Herbal Handbook : A User's Guide to Medical Herbalism by David Hoffman
- Principles of Medicine in Africa by Eldryd Parry (Editor), Richard Godfrey (Editor), David Mabey (Editor), Geoffrey Gill (Editor)
- Planetary Herbology (Paperback)by Michael Tierra (Author) "Healing herbs are everywhere..."