HIS­TORY MYS­TERY P. 16

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The de­scrip­tion with the ti­tle Grow­ing like Weeds is not real — plants were not com­monly ex­changed as gifts dur­ing Treaty dis­cus­sions. All of the plants men­tioned are ones brought to Canada from Europe by set­tlers, though. Some plants, like rhubarb and lilacs, have be­come beloved parts of our land­scape, even though they shouldn’t re­ally be here. Oth­ers, such as Scotch broom, have be­come a huge prob­lem. They spread rapidly, chok­ing out plants that do be­long here, which also causes prob­lems for an­i­mals that de­pend on home­grown plants for food and shel­ter. This is just one of many ways that new­com­ers to Canada changed the land, some­times on pur­pose and some­times without re­al­iz­ing the se­ri­ous­ness of what they’d done.

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