<< Grow­ing like Weeds

Kayak (Canada) - - HISTORY MYSTERY -

Dur­ing Treaty talks in what is now Bri­tish Columbia, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Crown gave gifts of Euro­pean plants such as lilacs and rhubarb. They thought it would be good to give liv­ing things, but some of th­ese presents turned out to be a very bad idea. Plants such as English ivy and Scotch broom quickly spread and smoth­ered other plants that grew nat­u­rally in B.C. The Euro­pean plants also didn’t pro­vide food or a place to live for lo­cal an­i­mals, which had to look else­where for a home.

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