Welcome to the Scotch Thistle. She’s a beautiful thing, don’t you think?The British Columbia Ministry of the Environment has listed it as one of our most noxious (i.e. disgusting) weeds. Aw. Look at her.
You might as well say that beauty is a noxious weed. So here’s the thing. She’s called a noxious weed because she has the potential to render wild land unsuitable for grazing cattle. Cattle, you see, were the industry around these parts some 155 years ago, and we’re just not going to let that go. Not even for this…
Gosh, but you’d think the cattle were tired of it all, wouldn’t you? I mean, grazing the gardens of the Syilx people down to dust to provide an economic stream for the new government. That’s a kind of mining, I think. It’s gone on so long that almost all the grasslands in the Okanagan are weeds and the butterflies, that live here and nowhere else (don’t look for them in a forest, that’s just not going to happen) have only one home left.
Butterfly in the making, at home in a noxious weed. You know what? I think that given the circumstances and all, this weed is not noxious. She’s beautiful.
It’s time that we rebuilt the land again. It’s the ethical thing to do.