I have been asked about this new weed, but I fear it is anything but new. The odd warm winter has just let this weed thrive. Henbit, , is really a beautiful weed, but before we discuss whether we want it in our yard or not, lets discuss why this is a weed.
Most define a "weed" as a plant growing in a place that is undesirable to us. That could mean a beautiful native Red Maple sprouts in my vegetable garden, therefore, it is a weed. In all honesty, that Red Maple, or weed, probably belongs there more than my vegetable garden. It is native and mother nature made the decision, not I; but technically, it is a weed.
Many weeds, like Henbit, are invasive and exotic species. They come from other parts of the world, either by trade or pioneers, and have naturalized here as a result. Often these exotic species choke out and out-compete our beautiful native species that belong here, and many of our wild friends in the area depend on.
If your anything like me, your yard is growing faster than time allows to work on it! This weekend I was planning on a nice hike, but I fear my yard is beckoning me to show it some much needed attention. Hope your enjoying this weather, and thanks for reading!