HISTORY MYSTERY P. 16
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.