What makes a plant a weed? Some would say a weed is any plant that is in a place where we don't want it. Others berate the character, the less-cultured characteristics of the plant or flower. Always the gentleman, Emerson defined a weed as a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. Well, I've discovered the virtues of Euphorbia marginata. It grows practically on every broken piece of ground in the area, and I've often pulled it before, especially when it was smothering or obscuring a plant that I wanted. However, in certain places, like this spot where I have nothing else growing at present, I practice tolerance and acceptance, as I've written before, and I will continue to do so in the future. Snow-On-The Mountain has virtues, and virtues plenty.
I'm not personally expecting a bout of leucorrhoea, but since I should always be prepared (even if I wasn't a Boy Scout), and the plant's presence and it's sap doesn't bother me and the deer won't bother it, I'm resolved to leave this clump right where it started, an affirmation of the value of native plants and a positive sign of my evolution as a gardener. I'll still pull it from my strawberry patch, however!