Old and sagging.
Pecked with developing pus.
Shrivelled with crusty scab.
Bruised, wounded, and fungus-infected.
Wrinkled and leathery.
My tomato plants need to find their resting place.
One of the noxious weeds that I see everyday when I walk my child to school is the Yellow Starthistle. The flowers may look innocent but the Yellow Starthisle is registered in the list of noxious weeds in California. Its aggressive spread affects the yield and quality of rangelands, pastures and grasslands. The spines on the flowers make it less palatable to livestock; hence they avoid areas that are infested with the weed. In this case the spread of Yellow Starthistle does not affect livestock per se but it reduces the effective grazing area."Noxious weed: any living stage (including seeds and reproductive parts) of a parasitic or other plant of a kind which is of foreign origin, is new to or not widely prevalent in the U.S., and can directly or indirectly injure crops, other useful plants, livestock, poultry or other interests of agriculture, including irrigation, navigation, fish and wildlife resources, or the public health." ~Federal Noxious Weed Act 1974