We do not have a proper green-grass lawn. In fact most of the things growing in our yard are “weeds” of some sort. Some are nasty and unwanted (sand spurs), others are wildflowers (wanted) and the more persistent of the lot is the straggler daisy.
Straggler Daisy (calyptocarpus vialis), also known as Horse Herb, is a members of the Aster family and it grows really well with some rain and thrives in the shade or dappled light. It also spreads easily, sometimes in places I just don’t want it. Some people consider it a pest, but I am happy to have it.
It is mainly in the backyard. It is a low-growing plant (1-12″) and the stems can get as long as 12″. I can’t quite tell how it travels throughout the yard, I believe it propagates through the seeds from the flower.
In the Spring, or if we have had some regular rains, it is a welcome sight. If it weren’t for the Straggler Daisy, there wouldn’t be a whole lot of green out there. Not only that, but the bees and butterflies appreciate it also.
Do you have a “weed” that you don’t mind growing in your yard?